Amazon exploring surveillance as a service
Patent granted by the US Govt shows intention to capitalise further on its drone fleet
Amazon is exploring using drones to provide surveillance as a service, according to a patent granted by the US government, Reuters has reported.
Surveillance as a service could, for example, be used to monitor a facility overnight through video of a consented user’s property.
Earlier this month, Amazon said it will start using drones to deliver packages to customers in the US in the coming months.
According to the patent, the surveillance function of the drone can be limited through geo-fencing, a technology used to draw a virtual boundary around the property under surveillance. Any image or data that the drone captures outside the geo-fence would be obscured or removed.
The application for the patent was filed by the e-commerce giant in 2015 and granted on June 4.