With companies like Amazon, UPS, and even Dominos Pizza investing in drone delivery services, it’s no surprise that UAVs are becoming more readily available now than ever before.
While that’s great news for the advancement of technology and modern convenience, it can also spell trouble for protected facilities that rely on restricted airspace.
In this article, we’ll discuss the proper steps to take in order to fight unwanted drones and mitigate drone threats. **Please be aware, our drone detection systems, software and applications are NOT available to the general public. We have a thorough vetting process to ensure our systems don't end up in the wrong hands. Contact us to see if your organization qualifies.
To fight unwanted drones you must first detect the drone as soon as it approaches your monitored airspace, be able to collect and store critical information concerning drone identification and flight data, determine the proper mitigation solution, then take legal action (where necessary).
Before you can fight unwanted drones, you must first be able to detect them within and nearby your airspace. Relying solely on visual methods of detection will not give you and your team a good chance of accurately detecting and mitigating the drone threat, especially at night and other low-visibility scenarios.
That’s precisely why we recommend an integrated & layered drone detection system to allow you to accurately detect any drone that approaches your airspace. Our drone detection systems typically combine drone radar, RF antenna like the DJI AeroScope, thermal cameras, a portable detection unit, and custom-developed drone detection software to tie it all together.
Before getting into the details, it’s important to answer a few questions to know what kind of drone detection system will fit within the needs of your team and the facilities/personnel you plan to secure.
With those details in mind, let’s build an integrated drone detection system that will effectively protect your airspace.
The first piece of equipment you’ll want to include in your system is an RF signal analyzer. The vast majority of drones on the market are manufactured by DJI (over 76%). DJI drones use RF (radio frequency) signals to communicate info between the controller and the drone.
With technology like the DJI AeroScope, we can intercept those signals and display & store that data within our detection software. RF signal-based detection equipment is highly recommended for a few reasons: the detected drones make & model, takeoff point, and operator location can be determined quickly and accurately.
Another RF-based detection product that could greatly benefit your security team is the DJI AeroScope Mobile. The DJI AeroScope Mobile Unit is perfect for rapid deployment and is a favorite amongst our law enforcement agency partners. This unit detects UAVs and drones flying within a particular surveillance area around 3 miles from the unit and doesn't require internet. At just under 20 lbs, it is perfect for tracking down drones and their pilots who have violated your airspace but flown outside the range of your stationary antennas.
Another piece of equipment used to effectively build out your drone detection system is drone radar. Drone radar works great in tandem with RF equipment. We have proudly partnered with OWL - Observation Without Limits - to provide clients with OWL's GroundAware line of drone detection radar.
This equipment uses specially-tuned radar units to pinpoint drones and other vehicles that might be occupying your airspace. Drone radar is a vital part of any layered security solution to ensure your team can track UAV threats that are unable to track using RF detection methods.
Another great benefit of having a radar system built into your drone detection system is that you can effectively track other objects within your airspace or on the ground nearby your facility.
Aerial Armor has also partnered with Silent Sentinel to provide security teams with the most advanced optical solutions on the market.
Using Silent Sentinels Thermal Drone Detection Camera - Aeron - you can find and capture live footage of unwanted aerial visitors within a fraction of a second. Upon detection of a drone via RF or radar, our drone detection software will skew the camera to the general direction of the drone and then turn on auto-tracking using video analytics.
These powerful cameras also come with thermal abilities and other features to ensure drones can be spotted in various conditions. Your team will effectively spot the drone in the sky long before it sees you.
With a drone detection system in place, the next step to fighting unwanted drones is having the ability to collect and store critical information from the aerial threat.
With the proper drone detection equipment in place, you'll be able to detect the majority of drones long before they enter your airspace. But that's only the first step. A layered detection solution that allows you to properly fight unwanted drones should also collect and store flight data from the UAVs it detects.
That's precisely why we developed our proprietary drone detection software. We wanted a software solution that could integrate with any type of system and be customized depending on the needs of your organization, so, we created our own.
Our drone detection software will notify you as soon as it detects a drone via whatever medium you prefer. With our mobile app, you can quickly access critical information from your mobile phone.
This information includes:
Along with being able to quickly collect and visualize drone detection data, it's also important to store that information so you and your team can recall it as needed.
Our software allows you to do just that. It also enables you to add comments and flag individual drones by serial number, in case you have a repeat offender who has violated your airspace.
Once you’ve detected a drone that is violating your airspace and collected necessary data to pinpoint it's location and ID, you might want to know what you can do to neutralize the threat. Aerial Armor has many partners that provide counter-drone solutions.
Eclipse developed cutting-edge anti-drone software that will safely force drones to land and keep them from taking off within specified airspace. Adding a drone mitigation solution to your drone detection system ensures you can fully detect and take care of any unwanted aerial threat around your facility.
Other drone mitigation service providers will also help your team fight unwanted drones through radar jamming, spoofing, and even using physical means to capture and take down the drone.
To see if your organization qualifies for drone mitigation solutions, contact the professionals at Aerial Armor today!
Since our drone detection software can accurately pinpoint drone location and store that in a database, law enforcement agencies (and other qualifying organizations) can use this data to obtain a subpoena/search warrant if the law has been violated.
With these various drone detection system pieces in place, you will be well on your way to effectively detecting and mitigating unwanted drones within your airspace. Reach out to one of our drone detection specialists and start protecting your airspace today!
With an effective drone mitigation solution, your organization can defend against unwanted drones using different methods like jamming, spoofing, or physical ballistics. Contact us today to see if you qualify.
You can neutralize unwanted drones by jamming - interfering with the RF signals to render it's controller useless - spoofing - hijacking control of the drone - or using physical means to capture or immobilize an aerial threat.
You can successfully jam a drone signal using software companies like Eclipse who specialize in drone jamming. But, these technologies are not legally available to the general public, so contact us to see if your organization qualifies.
Contact Aerial Armor today and get a free threat assessment to determine the risk levels of your airspace.