With the rise in popularity of commercially available drones, it's never been more critical to ensure your organization is safe from these unwanted aerial visitors.
Drones are constantly spotted carrying contraband over prison walls, flying illegally overhead stadiums and concerts, and accessing restricted airspace around protected facilities.
Drone incursions into the Los Angeles airport's restricted airspace nearly tripled from 2019 to 2020.
According to a recent article from the Wall Street Journal, federal agencies of all types are scrambling to respond to these public safety and national security threats.
Drone Detection To Protect Your Organization
As a concerned security professional, you might be wondering if drone detection could be a viable solution for your organization. In this article, we'll break down exactly how to detect a drone so you can make an informed decision.
How can you detect a drone?
Drone detection works by intercepting critical drone information using one (or preferably many) of the following methods: RF analysis, radar, and optical detection (cameras).
Let's take a look at these drone detection methods and discuss the pros and cons of each:
Radiofrequency analysis based detection systems work as follows:
These systems, in some forms, have the capability of identifying more common drone makes and models.
Aerial Armor is a certified DJI AeroScope drone detection equipment dealer. Our RF antennas are strong enough to pinpoint the drone's location and its operator through triangulation.
Advantages of RF:
Drone detection radar uses radio energy to detect the presence of a drone. The reflection of the radio signal can determine the direction and distance.
Most radars purposely avoid picking up small targets to focus on large aircraft instead. These systems send out a burst of radio signals, then analyze the echo.
Advantages of Radar:
To avoid these issues, Aerial Armor combines detection methods into a layered solution. These layered solutions offer you and your organization the best in drone detection services.
Optically based systems for drone detection can utilize standard daylight camera features, infrared or thermal imaging techniques. This system relies on enhanced video cameras that communicate with our drone detection software.
Those were just a few ways to detect drones that have entered your airspace. You may be wondering, what do you do next?
Our drone detection software will store all flight data and can even store data based on the individual serial number to find repeat offenders. This info can be used to prosecute drone operators who violate laws and regulations.
For those who want to take the next, drone mitigation could help remove drones from your airspace.
Jamming and spoofing are two important ways to stop or control drone operations when drones threaten the health and safety of others. Both tactics interfere with the signal between the pilot and the drone. But each works a bit differently. Basically:
A radio frequency jammer is a device that can be static, mobile, or handheld. The device transmits RF energy toward the drone.
This large amount of energy masks the controller's signal, which can then cause the drone to make a controlled landing at its current location or return to the home location set by its user (the home location might, however, be a set target planned for destruction).
The drone might also fall to the ground or fly away, out of control. Jammers may not be sold legally in many places. Their use is risky.
Sometimes called spoofing, radiofrequency interception involves a third party taking over the controls of a drone from a remote location. Spoofing a drone consists of emitting a signal designed to confuse the drone. The drone thinks the spoofing signal is a legitimate signal from its pilot's remote control. But it's not. The party doing the spoofing can then take control.
Eclipse does a great job of this and is one of our many recommended counter-drone solutions.
In need of an all-in-one drone detection solution? Contact the team at Aerial Armor!
Aerial Armour drone detection software integrates with multiple RF sensors, radars, and ADS-B to provide clients with the most advanced layered security zones.
We are your source for drone detection solutions.