2016 Presidential Debate, University of Nevada

Dedrone Technology Guards Against Drone Misuse During Final 2016 Presidential Debate


Local Governments and First Responders


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Las Vegas, USA


  • The final presidential debate of the 2016 election was held at the Thomas & Mack Center, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in October 2016.
  • The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) was responsible for security in and around the event
  • Automated monitoring of the airspace was provided by Dedrone and its partner AirVu, a leader in unmanned aerial security
We were able to seamlessly integrate Dedrone into our safety plan. Having technology that will protect us from the air and provide real-time information was a huge advantage to having a safe and uneventful evening.

Assistant Sheriff Tom Roberts, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department


In the wrong hands, ‘off-the-shelve’ drones represent a serious security threat at public events. Already there are concerns about easily available drones that can carry weapons or explosives on pre-programmed flights paths, or be flown by concealed operators. Militant organizations have already used such drones in fatal attacks in combat areas. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) was responsible for security in and around the third presidential debate.


For the debate, the LVMPD integrated a complete drone detection and counter-drone solution from Dedrone with its own security measures, along with partner AirVu, a global leader in unmanned aerial security. Together they deployed a network of sensors to detect and identify drone incursions in a radius of several hundred meters from the debate location, extending beyond the campus perimeter.  The system recognized approaching drones using arrays of visual, acoustic and radio frequency sensors, and reported results to the LVMPD’s  operations  security center.


All drone sightings were reported to the LVMPD in real time, with critical incident information such a drone type, video footage, position, and flight path available via command to other security agencies, including the FBI and the Secret Service.

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