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The Advantages of Drone Surveillance for Mine Sites

Drone technology has soared to new heights in recent years...

The sky-high devices, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), are

continually getting smaller, easier to use, cheaper, and have become a cost-effective

way to survey large areas of your mine for security threats and potential hazards.

Traditionally, these eye-in-the-sky devices have been used for surveying, assisting

with a vast number of tasks from capturing data from above, stockpile inspections,

navigating topographies and more.

However, their application in mine security is growing, and at Goldfields Security

Services, we’re proud to offer this as a service to our WA mining clients.

In this article, we'll explore the advantages of deploying drones in mine security

to bolster existing security services on site and share the drone we recommend for

mine-site inspections.

Advantages of drones in WA Mining

Never before has Australian mining security been able to undertake regular birds-

eye sweeps of their tenements to assess security and potential breaches.

Instead of beginning a security patrol on foot or by vehicle, launching a drone offers a new level of surveillance, reaching places that are difficult or hazardous for humans to access. And conducting all of this and more in record-time to inform your team of potential risks so they can take subsequent action, if needed.

There are many areas a drone will be looking into:

  • Potential security breaches at the perimeter fence or around plant, equipment and ore stockpiles

  • Livestock that have knocked down fences and moved into areas they shouldn't be in

  • Vandalism or trespassers ( especially if your site is close to town or has been broken into before}

  • Any other suspicious activity

Rain or shine, day or night: around-the-clock surveillance

One of the reasons our team at Goldfields Security Services love to use drones is

they can be launched up into the sky rain or shine, day or night.

Additionally, your drone can be fitted with various payloads to suit your specific

requirements. For example, thermal imaging to detect intruders at night, and/or a

camera that captures video footage.

In the evening, they’re very difficult to detect with many new models operational with

no light and minimal sound output around an active mine, making them a far more

effective surveillance option than on-ground patrols by vehicle.

This is particularly useful when catching trespassers in their tracks, keeping an eye

on who's coming and going, and ensuring your valuable resources are protected at

all times.

The drones we use also fly in bad weather which means you can have complete

peace of mind knowing that your mine can be monitored at all times. And if there's

ever an incident or emergency, your drones will be there to help accelerate the

investigation and response time.

With this said, while a drone is a great way to detect breaches to security, it should

be used in combination with existing security measures on site.

An on-the-ground security presence will always have its place. Drones can cut costs

and the time spent physically doing perimeter patrols with your security on-ground

are there to respond to incidents as they occur.

Our high-performance WA drones

At Goldfields Security Services the type of drone we recommend and use for our

The Matrice 30 Series comes with:

  • Powerful flight performance

  • A balance of power and portability delivers higher operational efficiency

  • Environmental adaptability

  • Built-in advanced redundancy systems help keep your critical missions going even in unexpected scenarios

  • Enhanced video transmission, perfect for remote environments

  • Lightweight and portable

  • Compact in both hot and cold climate extremes, from -20°C to 50°C

We employ CASA-accredited drone operator security personnel so we can provide

you with the most up-to-date security techniques for your location.

Would you like some further information on our WA Mining

Security Services?

The benefits of using drones for mine site security are clear. Not only do they provide

a much more comprehensive view of the site than traditional security methods, but

they are also much more cost-effective in the long run.

If you're looking for a reliable and affordable way to secure your mine site, then

drone surveillance is the perfect complement to your existing security services.

Got some questions? We’d love to hear from you. Give our team a call today on

0404 449 326 to see how we can help or email us at

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