While it may offer some advantages and the novelty of using an eagle is quite impressive, this tactic leads to some serious questions about counter-measures and what is next in the drone industry.
“Ultimately it is doubtful that utilizing these birds of prey is a commercially scalable solution”, states Joerg Lamprecht, CEO and Co-founder of Dedrone. “There are many questionable aspects including: How many eagles are needed to protect a large facility 24/7? Drones are increasing in size, scope and ability - is there a size limitation for the birds? What steps are taken in the middle of the night? And is it safe for the bird? Ultimately time, energy and focus needs to be put on technology that is smart, safe and effective.”
Counter-drone technologies currently operate in various forms, whereas drone detection must be the first step. Dedrone's DroneTracker identifies drones through electronic surveillance, long-range cameras and acoustic measures. Counter-measures such as jamming signals between the operator and the drone to disrupt its flight, intercepting it with another drone or to destroying it with a weapon must be actioned depending on the threat situation and legal circumstances. Ultimately, the question is still how to dispose of the drone in a safe and effective way in the quickest means possible.
“We cannot rely on one single effort to protect airspace from drones”, continues Lamprecht. “The best defense is a proactive, multi-layered approach that includes regulatory requirements, drone detection, and counter-measures.”