The Constant Evolution of Drone Detection Technology
As London’s Southend Airport begins trialling drone detection technology, companies and organisations have begun to pay more attention to drone security systems. While prisons have been implementing drone detection and security systems, there hasn’t been too much interest in this field until quite recently.
In this post, we’ll be looking at the latest in drone detection technology, and how the technology is already evolving towards unexpected avenues.
Southend Airport Trials Skyperion Drone Detection System
While Southend Airport has admitted that they haven’t had any outstanding issues with “rogue” drone operations, there has been an increased number of drone sightings near the airport in recent months. The UK Airprox Board recently shared statistics revealing around 30 incidents involving drones between September 2017 and January 2018, with three of them occurring at an altitude of fewer than 1,000 feet.
Southend Airport was approached by Metis Aerospace to test their Skyperion product, a hybrid multi-sensor solution that mainly utilises line-of-sight sensors and detection gear. With the tests having been classed as successful, it’s likely we’ll see drone detection technology being implemented in select airports around the UK in the future.
The Royal Wedding Protects its Airspace
In perhaps one of the biggest events of the year, the recent Royal Wedding had a massive amount of security and preparation to keep the event running smoothly. This included a drone no-fly zone, made available by commercial drone experts COPTRZ.
The technology used was DJI’s Aeroscope technology, which makes sure drones near the no-fly zone are monitored and can be intercepted if they appear to be interfering with the airspace.
A Drone-Free 2018 World Cup?
In a recent statement, the managing director and founder of COPTRZ, Steve Coulson, said that he believes that the upcoming 2018 World Cup needs to be protected from potential drone interference. However, it seems like Russia is already a step ahead of the COPTRZ boss, with jamming stations having already been set up outside the 12 hosting stadiums.
Drone detection technology will be deployed across the host cities, training grounds and hotels of the 32 participating national squads, with drone flights over Moscow having been permanently banned as well.
Wearable Drone Detection in the Future
MyDefence has announced they’ll be launching a wearable drone detection platform for users called the WINGMAN 103. Tailored to be worn by elite forces, the system is advertised as ultra-lightweight but also extremely durable, meant to withstand extreme conditions.
The system can be equipped on backpacks and uniforms of dismounted soldiers and can operate in temperatures from -30C degrees to +65C degrees. With an impressive 1-2 km detection range, the WINGMAN 103 looks to provide an early warning against any aerial threat, all while being dust and waterproof.
While MyDefence hasn’t announced any specific partnering nations, it’s likely this technology will quickly be incorporated into the armed forces of just about any country. The real question is whether this kind of technology will become necessary for private citizens as the prevalence and drones and UAVs increases in the future. Contact us for more information at Eclipse Drones.