Australian Security and Intelligence Conference

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


SRI Security Research Institute, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia


Originally presented at The Proceedings of [the] 8th Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, held from the 30 November – 2 December, 2015 (pp. 21-27), Edith Cowan University Joondalup Campus, Perth, Western Australia.


The availability of cheap small physical drones that fly around and have a variety of visual and sensor networks attached invites investigation for work applications. In this research we assess the capability of a set of commercially available drones (VTOL) that cost less than $1000 (Cheap is a relative term and we consider anything less than $5000 relatively cheap). The assessment reviews the capability to provide secure and safe motor vehicle surveillance for conformance intelligence. The evaluation was conducted by initially estimating a set of requirements that would satisfy an ideal surveillance situation and then by comparing a sample of drone specifications. The search is for identifying a drone that is fit for purpose. The conclusion is that more than $1000 needs to be spent on the drone and the resources for effective observation but less than $3000 in total is sufficient for the work application. The result and the analysis of traditional surveillance networks suggests that such drones can provide a low entry risk for additional benefits; and intelligence to those responsible for compliance on our roads.