Case Study Prisons
DroneTracker Surveys the Airspace above Suffolk County Prison
The prison management is concerned with the rising number of drone incidents reported from other prisons.
Like all prisons, Suffolk County jail has elaborate security provisions on the ground - high walls with razor wire, security cameras, spots etc. - but above the fence the airspace was completely unprotected.
The prison authorities wanted to take action and protect their facility against aerial intrusions by drones before an incident happened. It remains important to prevent the dropping of contraband into the inner courtyards at anytime during the day or night. Objects dropped and gathered by inmates pose a serious threat to other inmates and prison employees.
After a few phone calls Dedrone colleagues from Sales and Technology flew to Suffolk County and delivered a presentation and video demos of the DroneTracker system in front of the decision makers. Convinced by the performance of the DroneTrackers, Suffolk County Prison sent maps of the correctional system to the Dedrone team.
In cooperation with the prison, Dedrone analyzed the maps and identified the most critical areas for drone intrusions. Then Dedrone created a plan with an optimal set-up and alignment of DroneTracker sensors for maximum coverage of the site.
In case of a drone alert the prison security actions different countermeasures, depending on the situation:
Track the drone's flight path and determine its destination.
Inform the officers in the sector the drone is heading, so that they can immediately intercept dropped contraband.
Lock the inmates in their cells.
Follow the drone's way back and search for the pilot.
Video evidence of each drone intrusion is recorded and provided for further investigations.
A jammer could be integrated and be triggered automatically to stop the drone.
The installation of the DroneTracker
Dedrone created a plan with an optimal set-up and alignment of DroneTracker sensors for maximum coverage of the site.
On the basis of the planning delivered by Dedrone, the prison installed network cables for connecting the DroneTracker sensors.
The Dedrone server software was deployed on the prison's server.
Together with the prison's technicians, the Dedrone engineers mounted a larger number of DroneTracker sensors at dedicated masts and connected them with the system.
Then the DroneTracker sensors were configured and adjusted to the special conditions of the surroundings – noise, light etc.
With numerous drone flights, the system was tested and fine-tuned after the installation.
The security officers were trained in the handling of the user interface.
Dedrone provides a detailed report of all drone alerts to the prison on a regular basis, including common days and times for drone intrusions, identified drone models, recurring drones etc.