As drone technology continues to advance and improve, the possibilities for use expand and become more creative. According to Goldman Sachs, the drone technology industry as a whole stands to be a $100 billion opportunity by 2020. As with any technology, consumers will find ways to use it to solve problems, but also find ways to use it for unintended or malicious purposes.
The airspace security industry is growing rapidly, and laws involving the safe integration of drones to international airspace are slow to catch up. As more drone incidents and airspace intrusions are occurring,organizations protecting high-risk and high-value infrastructure must be proactive and protect their airspace from drone threats.
It is important now, more than ever, to understand and assess lower airspace activity and gain situational awareness on drones entering critical airspace. A combination of hardware and software can be used to identify and classify drones and determine the location of the drone and pilot.Depending on the types of hardware and software, security personnel should be able to identify the drone manufacturer, model, time and length of drone activity.
Before pursuing a counterdrone program for your organization, it’s important to ask a few questions, which include:
From here, a foundation of information is established to help determine what sorts of technology you may need, and how a security technology provider can best arm you with tools to solve your perimeter security issues.
Drones are here to stay and will grow in both numbers and applications for use. Technology can help identify where and when they fly, and how they can impact our safety. Counterdrone technology is critical to help provide warning of approaching, unauthorized drones, and identify or apprehend the pilot.
For more information, check out the Airspace Security Buyers Guide, available for download, here.