Best-known for its power tools, Stanley Black & Decker generated some 18% of its revenue last year from security products including electronic locks, perimeter sensors and video cameras commonly installed at hospitals and on college campuses.
Sunflower Labs, a start-up based in San Francisco (with its research and development lab in Zurich) makes a flying home security system. Its first product, still being pilot-tested with early customers, is comprised of solar-powered “Sunflower Smart Lights,” software and aerial cameras.
A user arranges the Sunflower garden lights around the perimeter and pathways on their property. Sensors in the lights detect the presence and activity of people, animals or objects around the home. Sunflower’s software can determine if their presence is normal, unusual or uninvited, or for example, if a person is casing the joint, or sneaking up to a side-door.
When activity around a home is suspicious, the Sunflower system cues a drone to inspect more closely. The drones, which are basically flying cameras, dispatch from charging stations, then shine a light down and record video of unusual activity below.