Case Study Government

DroneTracker Secured Presidential Debate Against Rogue Drones

Nassau Police chose to apply the DroneTracker in order to protect the first presidential debate ahead of the 2016 election at Hofstra University against drones.

First presidential debate ahead of the 2016 election at Hofstra University
© Photo Trump by G. Skidmore (CC BY-SA 3.0)

According to acting Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter, the presidential debate of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, was “(...) arguably the most significant security event in the last 30 years in Nassau County.” The entire campus was not only declared an absolute no-fly-zone, but also drone detection technology was implemented to protect the faculty, students and debate participants against intruding UAVs. In cooperation with AirVu, a global security and unmanned system provider for specialized onsite staffing, logistical and planning support, Dedrone installed the DroneTracker System across the campus.

“A no-fly-zone cannot keep people with criminal intentions from flying their drones in the restricted area. This is why we had to upgrade our security concept and implement counter-drone technology as well.”

Detective Lieutenant Kenneth Strigaro,
Nassau Police

Contact

Presidential Debates at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

Hofstra University hosted presidential debates in 2008 between then-Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain and in 2012 between President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney.

Compared to the preceding debates, the debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump required a much broader security approach.

The event was supported by the United States Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the local Nassau County Police Department.

More than a 1,000 police officers were present in the debate area.

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Hofstra University.


Presidential Debate Protected from Dangerous Drones

24/7 monitoring of the lower airspace against drones
No cameras
No weapons
No bombs

Benefit

  • Airspace surveillance of the most critical areas before, during and after the debate
  • Attempts to intrude the no-fly-zone above Hofstra University could be detected immediately and appropriate measures could be taken.
“Dedrone demonstrated that its solution quickly integrated into our overall security plan and provided us with very comprehensive, real-time information regarding unauthorized UAS platforms during this high profile event”.

Deputy Chief of Support Services,
Kevin G. Canavan, Nassau Police


Countermeasures

Track drone

Track the drone's flight path and determine its starting point and destination.

Alert Police

Inform the Nassau police officers about the drone and where it is heading.

Search for Pilot

Inform the security where the drone is coming from so that they can immediately trace and arrest the pilot.

Provide proof

Video evidence of each drone intrusion is recorded and provided for further investigations.


The Temporary Installation of the DroneTracker

Planning

1.

Planning

Dedrone and its partner AirVu created a plan with an optimal set-up and alignment of DroneTracker sensors to cover the most critical areas of the site.

Wiring for a drone detection system

2.

Hardware

Five DroneTracker Event Kits were set up at the designated spots. Two Multi Sensors had 30° video lenses, two 60° lenses and one a 10° lens.

3.

Software

The DroneTracker was connected to the University's computer network and to the security center that had been established on the campus for the debate.

4.

Test

Before the beginning of the event, the drone detection system was tested with different drones.