Startup Sunflower Labs' Autonomous Drone Security System

By: Dan Gelinas, Published on Dec 11, 2018

Startup Sunflower Labs is claiming a unique design on a home security system, combining autonomous drones and 'Sunflower' sensors. Imagine an intruder tries to break into your home and your automated security drone suddenly appears above them and starts following them and scares them away. That is Sunflower's aim. They are planning a mid- to late- 2019 rollout specifically targeting high-end residential. 

Based on our interview with one of the company's co-founders we examine:

  • Company background
  • Ramping up to full production
  • How it works
  • Roll out strategy
  • Pricing
  • Market strategy
  • Potential for 3rd party video monitoring
  • Potential roadblocks to adoption

**************** ****** ******** * ****** design ** * **** security ******, ********* ********** drones *** '*********' *******. Imagine ** ******** ***** to ***** **** **** home *** **** ********* security ***** ******** ******* above **** *** ****** following **** *** ****** them ****. **** ** Sunflower's ***. **** *** planning * ***- ** late- **** ******* ************ targeting ****-*** ***********. 

***** ** *** ********* **** one ** *** *******'* co-founders ** *******:

  • ******* **********
  • ******* ** ** **** production
  • *** ** *****
  • **** *** ********
  • *******
  • ****** ********
  • ********* *** *** ***** video **********
  • ********* ********** ** ********

[***************]

Company **********

******** ****** ********************* **** *** **-******* in ****** *** **** ******** [**** no ****** *********] *** CTO Chris ***** [**** ** longer *********].

********* ******* ** ****-**** employees *** ~* *********** and *** ******* ** ****** and *** *********. 

****** *** ***** * years ** *********, *************** $*.* ******* ** seed *********** ********* **** *******  ******* ********,******* ********, **** ******* [**** ** longer *********]—** ***** ******** and *** ** ********** * ******* **** ***** companies **** ***** ********, apps, *** ******** ** Japan, *** **** ***** [link ** ****** *********]—*** and **-******* ** *** ******* ** ** ******* ******.

How ** *****

*** ****** **** '*********' perimeter ******* (***** **** act ** ********** ******* and ********* ******) ****, when *********, **** ** alert ** ***** *** dispatch *** ********** '***' drones.

*** *****, *****-******* ********** *** equipped **** ****** *** vibration ********* ******* ** generate ******. ********* **** they ***** ** ******* by *****, *** **** the ********** ******, *** power ***** ** *** high. ******** ***** ** a ********* **** ********* light *********:

*******, ********* **** **** are *********** * ***** version **** ** ****** in *** ******.

*** *** ****** * 1080P ******, ~*.*" ****-*** propellers ** ******** ***** and ******** ******. 

********* **** *** * pound *** **** **** fly ~* **** ****** than *** ******* ***** of * *****, ********* under ** ****. ********* said ** *** ***** starts ** ***** ******* the ********, ** **** do ** ********* ********** descent *** **** ****. 

*******, *** *****'* **** station/charging *******/****** *** ** called *** ****. ** ******** the ********* ********* **-***** analytics, ******* ** ** integrated ****** ***.

*** **** ******** ** the ******** (**** * wired ******** ** **** connection) *** ********** **** the ****** (*.**** ***-****) and *** ****** ******* (900MHz ****). ** **** has *** (****-**** *********) ***, ***** ** shares **** *** ****** for **********.

*** ***** ***** *********** how *** ****** *****:

Roll *** ********

******** **** ********* **** had * *** ****-**-*** code ** ******* ******* that ***** *** *** product ***** ******** ** those *** ***** **** contained *** *******, *******-***** properties *****. ***** ********* will ******. **** ** the ******** **** *** dealer ******* ** *** has **** ** *** east ***** ** *** US, ***** ** *************'* ****** ******** *** the *******'* ******* ***** at *** ****

*******

*** ******* *** *** announced ******* *** *** said ** ***** ** so **** **** **** closer ** ******. ******** said **** *** *** market—large, ****-*** ***********—*** ******** would ** ************* ****** with *** **** *** scope ** ****** ****** needed ** ***** **** a ********.

********* **** *** ******* will ** **** ** a ************ ***** **** covers *********, ********* ************, upgrades, *** ******* ********.

******** **** **** *********'* solution ******'* ** * good *** *** ********:

** ***’** ***** ** have **** * ***** door **** * **** cam *** * **** door **** * **** cam, **** **** ***** be *** *** ** go. *** ** *** have ** *********** ** two *** * ***** property, **** **** ***** be ******. *********** ******* are ********** *** **** are *** **** ** a *********. * ***** flying *** *** ********* you ****** ** **** more ** * *********.

Market ********

******** **** **** **** had * ****** ******** coming ** ******. **** would **** ******** ** those ********* *** **** interested *** ****** ** set ** *** ******* the ****** ********** **** he *** ** *** own ****. *******, **** were **** ******** ********** installation ********:

*** **** ** *** should ** **** ** buy ** ******** *** install ** ******** ** you’re ** ********. *******, any *** **** ***** we **** ** ************ partner, **’** **** * function ** *** **** where *** *** ***** your ******* *** **’** populate * **** ** installation ******** ** **** area.

***********, ******** **** **** since ******* *** ********** at *** ******** ******** Expo ** *** ****, they **** *** **** interested ******* ******* ***** becoming ********* ** ******* and *** ** *** system.

**’** ******** ********** **** now. **’** *** ** many ** ***** ********** dealers **** ******* *** show. ****’* **** ** formalized *** *** **** by *** **** ******** and ******* ** **** out *** *** ******* in ********* *****.

******** ********* ***** **** be * ************* ******* by ***** *** ********** dealers *** **** *********** in ** ****.

Potential *** *** ***** ***** **********

*** ********* ******** **** capable ** *********** **** a ********'* ******** ***** systems *** ******** ***** conformance, ********* ** ********.

*******, ******** **** *** company—via *** ********** ** Stanley **** ******* ******** provided *******—*** ******* ****** out * **** **** Stanley's ********** ****** ******** to ******* *** ***** feed *** ********* *** wanted **** ***** ********** of *** ***'* ******.

Potential ********** ** ********

***** *** * *** potential ********** ** ******** that ** *** ***:

***** *********

***** ** * ****** possibility **** * ****** owner's ****-***-************ ********* ***** not **** ** ***** a ***** ***** **** incessantly ***** *** ******** line **** *****. *******, Pachikov **** **** *** neighbor ***** *** ** he ***** *** **** know ****** *** **** mission ** ** ***** get *** **** *** they ***** *** *****. Pachikov **** ******* *** that *** ***'* ******** mission **** *** *** exceed * *******, ** the ***** *** *** airborne *** **** ** a ****.

********* ** ****

******** **** **** ****'* really ********** ********* ********* to **** (***** **** chasing *** ***** ****** the **** ******* ***********), but **** *** **** dogs **** ***** ****** chase * ********'* *** around *** *** **** dogs *** *** ***** to ***** *********, ********, and ******* **** *** day. *****, ** *****, each ******* **** *** not **** ****, ** any *********** ***** ** limited.

*******

********* **** ** *** been ******-******* *** *** in ******* ******* ********** like ********** ***** **** and **** *** **** they ******** ********* *** weather:

** ******* * ********* weather ******** ************** *** we **** *** ****** very ****** **** ** very ****** ****. ** that ****, ** **** the ****. ** **** insist *** ** ***** like *** ****** * wind ** ****, ** will **** ****** ** take ***. *** *** is ** *********** **% of *** ****. *****'* maybe * **** * year **'** **** *******. 20 **** ** **** winds *** ** *******.

********, ******** **** *** system *** * *-****** status ***** **** ******** the ***'* ******* ** fly. ******-******** ******* ******* the ******* *** **** battery ******.

***** *** **** ** go, ****** *** ******* advised, *** *** ******* the *** ***'* ***.

***** ***** *** *** Hive *** *** ********* in *** ****, ******** laughed:

*** *********** ****** ** in ******, ***********. ** know ***** ****. **'** considered ****. *** **** is ******** ****** *** to *** ********* ****** inside *** *** **** is *******. ** *****'* had *** ******** **** snow ******** ** ***.

*******, ******** **** **** if *** **** ** the **** **** *** get *** ******* ***** with **** *** *** Hive **** *** *** able ** ****, *** system ***** **** ** alert ** *** *****'* app ** **** ***** clear *** ****.

******* ******

******** **** *** *** also *** ************ ******** in ***** ** **** things **** ***** ***** off ****** ** *** losing ************* **** *** Hive ** *** **********. Such ******** ******** *** strength ** *** ****** which ******* *** **** acceleration, ************ *** ****** correction, *** *** ** both *** *** *** the ****, ***** ******* for ******* *********

******* ********

******** ****** **** *** Bee *** ******** **** protective ** ******* **** ******** video ************:

**’** ******** **** ******* conscious **** **** ******** security *******. ****'** ******* on *** ******* ** your **** ****** ******* where **** ******* ********* and *********. **** *** the ********* *** **** inward.

Ramping ** ** **** **********

******** **** **** ******** they **** ************ **** of ***** ******'* ********** during *********** **-*****, **** are ****** * ******** company **** *** **** forced ** *********** ********* to *** *** *****. Pictured ***** ** * pre-production **-******* **** ******* of *** *******'* ********** drone, *** ***:

********* ** ** ***** with *** ***** ************ to **** **** *** help **** **** ** to ******, ******** *********:

** *** ****** * software *******. **’** ** the *********** ********* **** we **** ** ***** our *** ********. *****’* nothing ** *** ****** that ***** *** **** today. *********, *** *** prototypes *** **** ** ourselves, *** ** *** in ********** **** ******* manufacturing ********.

Vote / ****

Comments (16)

********* ** ****

**** ***** **** ******* off *** ********* *******?

**** ******, * *** see * ********** ****** for **** **** ** system.

* ***** **** **** Alex ** ********* ****. The ********* ** ******** with *** ******* **** can ** ********. **** is **** ** **** when * ***** *** if ***** **** ********** that ***** ** *** to ****** *** ********:

*** **** *** ****** what ** ** ******* to *** *** *****.

*** **** *** ****** what ** ** ******* to *** *** *****.

**** ***** *** ****** company ****.

***** *********** #*. ***** you *** *** ********! I *** ****** ** find *** *********** ** their **** **: *** immunity. *'** ******* *** to **** ** ********* to *** *** ******** and **** ****** **** I **** ****.

* ***** **** ****** will ** ****** ****** the ********** ****** ** I ********** ** ***** $15K ***, ***** *** some *********** ******** *** still *** ****. ** for *** **** ***** that ***** *** ** a **** ******* *** freezing **** ***** ** a *****. ** ** this ** * ****** that ***** **** ** be **** **** ** wholesale. *** ********** ***** need ** ****** **** money ** ******* ******** etc. *** ** * see ** **** ** a ****** **** ******** **** service **** *** ***********. ********* homes ***** *** * whole *** **** ******* out ** *** ***** or * ***** **** could ** *** **** thing ** * ****** level. *** ***** **** go **** *********** *** *** cameras **** ***** ***** the ****** ********, **** **** remote ******* *** ***** down ** * ***** cost. **** ***** ** great *** * **** guy *** *** *** much ***** *** *** its ***** ********* ** not * ****** *********** but * ** **** they **** *******

** ******* ** *** regulations ** ****? *** the *** ******* ********* line ** ***** *********, night **** *******, *** lightened *** *********** ****** commercial ***?

***** *********** #*. * asked Alex ***** *** *********** and **** ** **** he ****:

 

********* *** *********** **** limit **** ** *** do, ********** **** ****** to ***** [****** ****** Line ** *****]. *** now ** **** ** apply *** *******, *** FAA ***** ** ** very ********* ** ***** that, ********** ***** *** drone ** **** *****, flies ********** ***, *** geo-fences ** **** **** property. 

 
***** *** **** **-**** exemptions **** ** *** apply ***. *** ******* is ****: 
 
 
** *** **** ** will ****** ***** *** one ** *****, ** we ****** (*** ** have ******* ** ******* this ** ** *** works) *** *********** ** change ** ***** ********** for ****** ** *** class.

******. ****** ****** **-*******-*** to **.

*******: *** **** ****** parts, *** *********. ****.

****’* **** **** *** a ***** ****?

* **** ** ****** scrambled ************ ** *** first **** ** *******.

* **** ********** ***** tours.

* **** ****************.

*'* ********** ********** ** testing ****. ** ******* has ** *** ********* to ******* ****** *** test *** ****.

****, *** ******* **** this, *** *** ******.  The ****** ** ***** conditioned ** ****** ******, and **** *** ****** around *** ***** ** inevitable. ********** *** ******* considering *** "***** **********" issue ** ***** ********** planning ********.

****** *** **** *** first **** ****.  ** they ******** *** ***** system ** "*******", **** will ** ****** *** free ********* ****.  *****?  All ******** *********** ******* drop ******* ** ***** over ****.  ** **** find ******* **** *** early ******* *******, **** may ** **** ********** as * ******** ** the ******** ******** **** we **** *** ** someday *********. 

******* ** *** ******** dealers **** ** **** of *** ******* ******* to ** ****.

******: ****** ************ **** from *** *******:

****** **** ** ********** user, ****** ********** **** clearly ******** **** *** either *** ** *** US, ** ***** *** system ** ********* ** FAA ***********.

* ***** **** ***** that *** ****** *** given ** **** *** promotional ********, *** *** paid ***. **** ***** to ** * ***** in *** ********** ******* climate ***** **** **** using **** ***** ******** drone ******** * ******** of *** ****.

*** ***** ***** *** drone **** **** * tech *** *** ******* people ** ******* ** their *******, *** * practical ******** ******.

*** ** ** ***** Proof?

****** ******* ** **** Down ******

...********* ***** *** **** to ***** * ***** doing **** *********** ***** the ******** **** **** share. *******, ******** **** that *** ******** ***** him ** ** ***** let **** **** ****** the **** ******* ** he ***** *** *** kids *** **** ***** all *****.

********* ***-******! ***** ** used ** “******” ****** any *******:

*******

“********, ** ********’* **** is * *************; *** they **** ******* *** hives **********, **...”

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports

Latest London Police Facial Recognition Suffers Serious Issues on Feb 24, 2020
On February 20, IPVM visited another live face rec deployment by London police, but this time the system was thwarted by technical problems and...
ADT CEO Not Worried About DIY: "2 Discrete Markets" on Dec 13, 2019
ADT's CEO is not worried about DIY, characterizing DIY and ADT's DIFY as "2 discrete markets" at the Imperial Capital Security Investor's...
Covert Elevator Face Recognition on Oct 24, 2019
Covert elevator facial recognition has the potential to solve the cost and complexity of elevator surveillance while engendering immense privacy...
ZeroEyes Gun Detection Startup on Jul 16, 2019
A gun detection video analytics startup, ZeroEyes, is being led by a group of 6 former Navy SEALs, aiming to "save lives" by using AI to assist...
Motorola Acquires Watchguard, Adds to Vigilant And Avigilon on Jul 15, 2019
2 years ago, Motorola had no position nor relevancy to video surveillance. Now, they own major video surveillance, LPR and body camera providers...
Kidnapping Victim Rescued With Video From Ring Doorbell Camera on May 24, 2019
A kidnapping victim was rescued within 24 hours, with the police crediting video from a Ring Doorbell camera as key to solving the case. A girl was...
Mining Company Security Manager Interview on May 10, 2019
First Quantum Minerals Limited (FQML) is a global enterprise with offices on 4 continents and operations in 7 countries with exploratory operations...
Actuate (formerly Aegis AI) Gun Detection Video Analytics Startup on May 07, 2019
Gun detection analytic startups are increasing as the promise of AI and the threats of active shooters grow. One company, Actuate (formerly Aegis...
Bastille Cell Phone Tracking Profile on Apr 30, 2019
Is tracking someone by their cellphone the next generation of surveillance? Bastille is a US startup which tracks people by their cellphone or...
Verkada Wins $783,000 Memphis Deal on Apr 29, 2019
The US city, most famous in video surveillance for standardizing on Hikvision, has issued an RFQ for 962 Verkada cameras due Wednesday, May 1,...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Pivot3 Mass Layoffs on Mar 27, 2020
Pivot3 has conducted mass layoffs, the culmination of grand hopes, a quarter of a billion dollars in VC funding, and multiple failures to gain...
Athena CEO Criticizes 'Deplorable' 'Nitpicking', IPVM Refutes on Mar 27, 2020
Athena Security's CEO Lisa Falzone has strongly objected to IPVM's reporting on Athena, calling it 'deplorable' and repeatedly criticizing IPVM's...
Hikvision Admits Sanctions Harming Its Financial Performance on Mar 27, 2020
While Hikvision initially downplayed being sanctioned for human rights abuses, the company is now admitting a significant impact in a new PRC...
New Axis M30 Cameras Tested on Mar 26, 2020
Axis has released a new generation of, for them, relatively low cost M30 series cameras, claiming to deliver "sharp video quality even in poor...
Coronavirus Shuts Down ADT Door Knockers on Mar 26, 2020
Coronavirus has another victim - this time, alarm giant ADT has stopped all door to door sales. Door knockers are a critical but controversial...
Access Control Course Spring 2020 - Save $50 Last Day on Mar 26, 2020
Register Now - Spring 2020 Access Control Course. Today, March 26th is the last day to save $50. IPVM offers the most comprehensive access...
Convergint Coronavirus Cuts on Mar 25, 2020
One of the world's largest security integrators, Convergint, has made a major move to handle the impact of coronavirus, with cuts across the...
VSaaS 101 on Mar 25, 2020
Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) is the common industry term for cloud video. But what does it mean? How does it all work? Inside this...
TVT / InVid Facial Recognition Tested on Mar 25, 2020
Facial recognition is frequently sold for thousands of dollars per channel but some China manufacturers are offering full facial recognition...
IPVM Launches On-Demand Courses on Mar 24, 2020
For nearly a decade, IPVM has been a leader in online live courses. Now, we have added on-demand versions for all courses. The same course...