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2016 Presidential Debate at Hofstra University

Hofstra University hosted presidential debates in 2008, 2012, and 2016

INdustry

Local Governments and First Responders

Attendees

1,000+

Employees

Location

Hempstead, NY

Highlights

  • Hofstra University hosted presidential debates in 2008, 2012, and 2016
  • In 2016, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the debate and over 1,000 police officers were present in the area
  • Dedrone’s airspace security technology was implemented to protect the faculty, students, and debate participants against malicious drones
Dedrone demonstrated that its solution quickly integrated into our overall security plan and provided us with very comprehensive, real-time information regarding unauthorized platforms during this high profile event.

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

Challenge

Compared to the preceding debates, the debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump required a much broader security approach. According to acting Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter, the presidential debate between 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.”

Solution

The entire campus was not only declared an absolute no-fly-zone, and Dedrone’s airspace security technology was implemented to protect the faculty, students, and debate participants against intruding drones. In cooperation with AirVu, a global security and unmanned system provider for specialized onsite staffing, logistical and planning support, Dedrone installed airspace security sensors and software across the campus.

Result

Using Dedrone’s solution, airspace surveillance of the most critical areas before, during, and after the debate was performed. Attempts to intrude the no-fly-zone above Hofstra University could be detected immediately and appropriate measures could be taken.

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