Anti - Drone Technology

21 February 2017


Anti-drone technology is exactly what you expect it to be. It is simply technology designed to stop drones. While commercial use drones have been growing in acceptability with legal laws being passed to support them, the public use of drones has as well. As such, there has been times when drones flown by the public have trespassed or gone into places they shouldn’t. Anti-drone technology is the counter to that.

Anti-drone technology focuses on four areas: Detection, Capture, Grounding and Destruction.

Detection – Through the use of radar and acoustics, the drone can be spotted and after being detected, it is then decided what to do with it.
Capture – Capture normally involves firing a net from a net gun. This allows the drone to be grounded in a safe manner as well as being captured.
Grounding – Grounding works by attacking the drone’s software. Through programs to take control to jamming the operation signals, the drone can be hijacked to force it to land or be sent back to the owner.
Destruction – Through the use of lasers, missiles or other weapons, the drone is targeted and destroyed. This is often the case of wartime drones than public ones but it is a method. Along with the hijacking software, it is possible to also make a drone crash as a way of destruction.

For Anti-drone technology, business that are keen to keep high security would likely be the best. Government security would be a major player given the fact that these are locations that could be attacked. Public speeches or meetings of important leaders would also be the sort who would be looking at Anti-drone systems. Events themselves would also benefit from anti-drone tech since some might use their drones to cause havoc or attempt to witness what they should pay for, for free. Basically, if drones are a worry when it comes to the safety of both the public or important key figures, anti-drone technology would be a benefit to look into.

Prisons would also benefit from anti-drone technology since there has been reports of drones being used to provide packages towards inmates, anti-drone tech would increase security and security is what is required with a prison. Airports would also benefit since it is quite important to keep airspace clear and with more access to drones being able to the public, the airspace is likely in greater threat. Anti-drone technology can aid in keeping the airways clear from purposeful and accidental flight into airspace by drones.

Border patrol and those tasked with the defence of borders would also find anti-drone technology useful to aid the security efforts since drones can be used to smuggle drugs over borders as well as monitor patrols and spot weaknesses. Those weaknesses could be exploited by those seeking to do harm or have illegal methods of passing the border. Anti-drone technology can prevent the average hobby drone from being used in such an intent and help increase the national security.

Anti-drone technology can benefit companies by increasing overall security. Drone use by enthusiasts and hobbyist in the public can come at a great risk to private property. Businesses and companies need to keep areas they own safe and protected. Anti-drone technology increases general security which is always a benefit. Other benefits would certainly vary from company to company. Those managing commercial events like musical festivals would ensure that drones cannot disrupt the patrons as well as ensuring that drone cameras are not witnessing what they should be paying for, for example. Prisons would benefit to ensure that drones are not bypassing security and providing objects or packages to inmates. The biggest benefit anti-drone technology can provide is the increasing security overall.

The following is examples of both companies and technology that has been brought into the anti-drone world and provide insight into the anti-drone world. As such, these are recommended to be looked into by those who wish to learn more, if they so wish.

One of the major anti-drone companies would be DroneShield who is regarded as a world leader in anti-drone technology. Based in Sydney and Virginia, they’re a company focused more in the States and Australia but they have been known to have practical successes, such as the 2015 Boston Marathon security.

Battelle has produced an DroneDefender and while not available to the public, it is an energy-directed cannon that disrupts a drone and allows it to crash. Again, while this is something that only governments can use, with the growing risk of hobby drones to the public, it’s quite likely this technology will slowly expand. This shows that there is a growing field that is working to secure against drones, even if not open for all.

Blighter are a UK-based sensor company that has technology that can detect drones, focusing in areas like national security and defence. Detection of drones is a key part in preventing them and allowing ways of handling them. Without the detection technology part, drones are much harder to remove and might rely.

Drone Defence is leading the way in the UK using different types of drone defence from a hand held net Gun that fires up to 15m to the German Engineered Drone Tracking Detection Device. Providing a drone service that covers prisons to large open areas.

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