A crowd-funded technology will use remote drones to take over the world and scan crowds, according to the company behind it.
The startup, called Kismet, has been using a technology called RoboMeter to map crowds, and the system is being trialled at a university.
Its team has been developing the system for more than a year and hopes to start delivering it to venues and businesses later this year.
The company says the project will be a way for the public to become more aware of the potential dangers posed by the crowd.
The team has used drones to monitor crowds and detect viruses for the past year, and have found a number of security risks.
“We wanted to create a solution that could be scaled up to large events,” co-founder and CEO Simon Johnson told News.
“We’re hoping that this could be an important stepping stone towards creating a more secure event space, where people will be able to share in the event, not just attend.”
The RoboMeters are a small camera mounted on a drone that will follow people who are standing near the centre of a crowd and scan for objects and signs that could indicate a virus.
The camera is powered by the company’s own battery pack, and its camera is equipped with sensors to detect any movement that could pose a risk.
It also includes a microphone that can detect any noise, which the company hopes will be used to help prevent potential attacks.
In the event of a virus outbreak, the system will also collect information about people around them and identify who they are talking to.
Kismet’s technology is designed to help organisations identify the people around their audience.
“It’s really important that we have a secure platform, and this has really been our focus,” Mr Johnson said.
“What we’ve been working on with RoboMet is to make sure that it can be used in large events.”
Mr Johnson said the technology could be used at venues to monitor the crowd, and that it could be rolled out at any time.
He said the company had a large backlog of work, and would be working to get the system up and running by the end of next year.
“There’s been some major milestones we’ve had to make, and we’ve got a lot of work left to do,” he said.
Mr Johnson says he hopes the technology will be ready by the time the Rugby World Cup kicks off in 2019.