The Yomiuri ShimbunNTT East Corp. and two other companies announced Thursday the launch of service in which drones patrol offices. The service, which starts next April, is expected to reduce the number of security guards and curtail employees' overtime by encouraging them to go home.
The drone, which was invented by Tokyo-based start-up Blue Innovation Co., navigates via the use of a device that produces radio waves. It can take off and return autonomously because its flight path is set by dedicated software. It can also film inside offices, with the videos managed via a network.
Nagoya-based building maintenance operator Taisei Co. will act as a contact point for customers and accept requests for the service.
The service fee is expected to be approximately ¥500,000 a month per drone.