FAQ DroneTracker

We gladly answer your questions regarding the installation, integration and technical data.

Why do we need the DroneTracker?

More and more hobby drones are coming into global circulation; it is estimated that this goes up by 400,000 new ones every month. Drones can be used, for example, to spy on sensitive industrial areas, smuggle drugs or firearms into prisons, or in the worst-case scenario even to release chemicals or explosive devices. A glance at the media shows us that dangerous incidents involving drones happen on a daily basis.

What makes civilian drones dangerous?

There is hardly any other technology currently developing as fast as drone technology. However, the increase in drone efficiency also means more opportunities to misuse them for criminal purposes. A drone that can carry up to 5 kilograms and fly several kilometers can now be bought for less than 1,600 euro – on the internet, or in any local electrical goods store. Using a GPS control system and autopilot, many of these small aircraft are able to fly programmed routes on their own without a pilot. This enables them to smuggle drugs or carry out other criminal acts while the ones masterminding them are located somewhere completely different and almost impossible to find.

Does the drone warning system work day and night?

At nightfall, the Multi Sensor's camera mode switches automatically from visible spectrum to infrared photography. In addition, sensitivity of the various sensors is adjusted according to the time of day. For example, the alert threshold for the microphone is lower in the evening because the ambient noise in most environments is also reduced at this time of day.

How does DroneTracker obtain information about new drone models?

Dedrone constantly tests new drone models and transmits their characteristics, known as "DroneDNA", to a central cloud-based database. From there, regular updates are sent to all installed DroneTracker systems worldwide.

Does the drone warning system recognize home-built drones?

Various sensors also enable the DroneTracker to identify home-built drones, but without giving details of the exact type, payload, range etc.

Is DroneTracker Multi Sensor weatherproof?

DroneTracker Multi Sensor has a high-quality, robust weatherproof casing (IP 54) that guarantees a long maintenance-free service life. The drone warning system can operate at temperatures from -4°F to +104°F (-20°C to +40°C).

What is DroneDNA?

DroneDNA is our term for the specific parameters of a drone used for identification purposes. These include its silhouette, flight characteristics, sound and specific frequency.

Does DroneTracker also use frequency scanning?

An integrated Wi-Fi-sensor detects the WLAN singals of drones. It also allows to identify certain drone models and even single devices.

In order to detect radio frequencies (RF) emitted by drones, we have developed the DT RF Sensor. This passive, network-attached sensor supplements the DroneTracker System with another level of detection. It scans a wide frequency band for radio frequencies, classifies and decodes them. Thus, drones with cameras for example, that send video signals in real time to a ground station, are identified. The decoded data is recorded and available on the user interface.

Can I use existing cameras and microphones?

The DroneTracker platform allows the integration of a nearly unlimited number of sensors via API. External sensors such as IP and PTZ cameras as well as microphones or radar devices can be added. This way the system can be scaled and optimized for sites of all sizes. 

What about radar?

Radar devices can be integrated in the DroneTracker. Dedrone is cooperating with Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security and Robin Radar Systems in this field. By connecting the DroneTracker with radar, drones can be reliably detected at a distance of up to several miles. 

How can I test your drone warning system before I purchase it?

Our staff or distribution partners will be glad to arrange an on-site demonstration for you. Just send us a short request and we'll do the rest.

Alternatively, check out our live webinars

Does DroneTracker work indoors, too?

Yes. You can also deploy DroneTracker for the surveillance of important meetings, exhibitions or other events, for example.

How many different drones can the anti-drone system recognize?

Basically, DroneTracker can identify all drones with the common characteristics (silhouette, flight characteristics, sound, frequency etc.).

Does the Multi Sensor require a battery?

No; DroneTracker is powered via POE (Power over Ethernet). The Mobile Kit includes a rechargeable battery that will provide POE power.

How do I integrate the drone warning system in my security network? API?

DroneTracker can be connected to your existing security system using extended API access and existing sensors; for example, surveillance cameras can also be integrated. Additional third-party security products such as sirens, automatic blinds or jammers can also be added using API. As standard, existing network connections can be used to transmit alerts to your existing security system by e-mail, SMS, TCP/IP message or Pushover.net.

How do updates work?

DroneTracker downloads software updates autonomously via the existing internet connection. If the system does not have internet connection, updates can be installed via manual access to the Dedrone Server. 

What do I do if there’s a problem or if DroneTracker fails to recognize a drone?

Depending on your choice of service level, our customer service team will provide rapid support by e-mail or by phone. If a drone is not identified automatically, you can send us the manually created video recording. We will analyze it, transmit the data to the central database, and send the corresponding updates to all DroneTrackers worldwide. That way, we guarantee that all our customers benefit from a constantly improving and expanding detection network.

Who installs the alarm system?

Our local distribution partner installs the drone warning system at your location.

Who is especially at risk?

Essentially, anyone with a fence is affected by this problem: data centers, companies from the automotive and chemicals industry, nuclear power stations, public facilities, institutions, such as prisons, and ministries are looking for a technology that will guarantee the definite detection of drones. Interested parties also include airports, stadium operators, security firms and constructors that protect private property.

Which country do you get the most enquiries from?

Demand for an effective drone protection system is global. We accordingly receive enquiries from Europe and North America, as well as South America, Australia and Asia. Interest is generally at its greatest where an incident has already occurred.

Are there also enquiries from the military sector?

The military partly has its own drone defense systems, but these are not suitable for the protection of civilian facilities. Our focus is on protecting civilian objects from civilian drones.

How is the DroneTracker installed?

The major advantage of the DroneTracker is that full data processing takes place in the device itself. Therefore, it isn't necessary to install additional processors in the data center. The DroneTracker is attached to façades or special stands. There's also a portable version that can be used at large events, for example. An intuitive, browser-based user interface enables the DroneTracker to be configured with just a few clicks via computer, tablet, or smartphone. The drone detection system receives regular updates via a cloud database.

What is special about the DroneTracker

The intelligent connection of different sensors makes the DroneTracker unique. The safe detection of drones and at the same time low false alarm rate are only possible by analyzing various characteristics of the detected flying objects, such as noise, flying behavior, and silhouette, etc., and correlating them.

Which drones can the DroneTracker detect?

The DroneTracker detection technology is not limited to specific drone models. In principle, any civilian drone can be detected by means of intelligent pattern recognition.

Is the DroneTracker in a position to detect several drones all at once?

Yes, the visual sensors in particular are able to detect several drones all at once, including the same as well as different models.

How does the DroneTracker distinguish drones from other flying objects?

The intelligent DroneTracker software features pattern recognition; that is, it compares various characteristics such as motion profile, silhouette and noise emissions of the detected object, which enables it to clearly distinguish a drone from a bird, or balloon.

Can the DroneTracker identify drones even in extremely loud environments, for example, on roads with heavy traffic?

Yes. As the DroneTracker works with different sensors, it is able to detect drones on the basis of their silhouette, flying behavior and frequencies.

Does the camera record every intruding drone? Is the material saved?

Yes, every incident is video recorded and saved with all the other data such as date and time. The alarm history can be called up any time via the DT Control Center.

Is the recorded video material sent to a manned monitoring station?

You can view the live tracker camera image at any time via the DT Control Center.

What type of connection is there between the DroneTracker and control station?

The control station is a standard PC or laptop.The connection is made via a secure internet or intranet connection using a standard browser (Chrome, Firefox).

To what extent does the DroneTracker need controlling?

Once installed, the DroneTracker operates fully independently. Security officers only need to act the moment an alarm is activated. They receive these via the DT Control Center on their computers, by e-mail, SMS, network message (TCP/IP) or by app on their smartphone.

Which countermeasures can be actioned?

Depending on requirements, third-party products such as warning lights, smoke grenades, automatic roller blinds or sirens can be integrated into the DroneTracker platform via enhanced API access.  

To stop a drone, we enable the integration of a jammer in the DroneTracker system. As soon as DroneTracker has identified a drone, the jammer is activated via an interface and transmits electromagnetic waves which interfere with the radio signal between remote control unit and drone. If a drone is flying on automatic pilot, the GPS signals required for navigation can also be jammed. In both cases, the effect is the same: the drones are disoriented and the manufacturer’s pre-programmed safety procedure generally cuts in, meaning that the drone flies back to where it started from, lands immediately, or remains hovering in mid-air.   

In many situations it is sufficient that the DroneTracker issues a warning and provides important time to act, for example, time to let down the shutters or get people to safety. Just think of the prison example: previously, officers have generally only noticed an intended "delivery" when the drone crashes and is found somewhere. The wardens don't realize how many deliveries have arrived, or only when it's already too late. The DroneTracker also secures vital evidence in the form of video recordings, which can be very helpful in subsequent investigations.

In which countries is the DroneTracker sold?

The DroneTracker is sold through a global network of partners.

Who founded Dedrone?

The entrepreneurs, Jörg Lamprecht and Dr. Ingo Seebach, founded Dedrone in February 2014. A small drone crashed on stage right in front of Angela Merkel during a CDU election event in 2013. While most people laughed about the incident, both entrepreneurs immediately recognized what dangers hobby drones may also represent.

Where does the capital behind Dedrone come from?

Investors in Dedrone include the venture capital investment companies Menlo Ventures (Silicon Valley), Target Partners (Munich), and American business man, Tom Noonan.

Were is Dedrone based?

Dedrone is headquartered in San Francisco, USA. Research & Development as well as our production are based in Kassel, Germany.

Where is the DroneTracker made?

The DroneTracker is made in Germany: it is developed and produced in Kassel.

Do you have more questions?

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