We spoke to John Livingstone, Founder & Executive Director, Indian Institute of Drones to understand the security challenges for large organizations in the near future, role played by technologies such as UAVs in enhancing security of an organization, new initiatives taken by his organization in the UAVs domain this year and the new products expected to be launched, his views on the recent changes in policy related to UAVs as announced by DGCA as well as his views on IFSEC India and how it can be leveraged by security professionals to enhance awareness about various products and technologies.
Interviewed by Adeesh Sharma
What kind of security challenges do you foresee for large organizations in the near future?
The biggest challenge is information security. Regardless of type of media it's all about sensitive data leakage. HOW to handle the future depends on how well we induct advancing technologies in our organisational systems. Artificial intelligence will play a pivotal role in safe guarding such security threats. Of course physical security threats are certainly different from intangible asset. For such challenges we need to use intelligent security systems based on vision and smart algorithms.
What role can technologies such as UAVs play in enhancing security of an organization?
UAV can be integrated as a part of IoT when it comes to artificial intelligence. Drones are not new anymore to many large organisations today. The simpler the drones are to use the better it would be easy to implement their applications for enhancing security in any organisation.
What new initiatives has your organization undertaken in the UAVs domain this year? What new products are expected to be launched?
We have recently launched out Johnnette-JF2 fixed wing drone that is capable of having minimum 100 crash landings with a range of about 10km and endurance tested to 52 minutes on a single battery. This is designed specifically for defence usage in the borders and we recently delivered an order to a defence unit. Our primary enhancements have been towards drone flight safety and absolute minimum collateral damage. More details at www.johnnetteworld.com and we also trained more than 1200 Drone Pilots in the last two years in India on how safely they should operate drones. More on our training is at www.indianinstituteofdrones.com
What are your views on the recent changes in policy related to UAVs as announced by DGCA?
Drone 1.0 was the breakthrough for the much awaited ban on commercial use of Drones in India. Though the CAR was issued on 1 Dec 2018, the implementation has just begun in India. Drone 2.0 focuses on drone taxi, medical supplies and operations beyond line of sight. NPNT has not been much favoured by the industry. It has seen as a limitation to only few drone companies. However such an implementation is a phenomenal security for drone operations in India which has never been seen in the world with such strong security standards. It's an amazing feature by DGCA but it should be made easy and made for everyone. Most importantly DGCA should educate everyone and make life easier for the good ones to make their livelihood instead of just focusing on rogue drones.
Please share your views on IFSEC India and how it can be leveraged by security professionals to enhance awareness about various products and technologies.
IFSEC is a fantastic event I have personally experienced in the last 3 years. It has opened so many business opportunities for my company itself and I am very pleased and thankful for all the opportunities IFSEC has provided to my organisation. I would like everyone to be a part of IFSEC because it's an event with a diversified approach towards securing India by bringing all the new technologies to one platform from around the world.