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Annual Cooper River Bridge Run

Annual Cooper River Bridge Run

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) selects Dedrone and Threat Management Group to protect their Annual Cooper River Bridge Run from Unauthorized Drones

Indiustry

INdustry

State and Local Law Enforcement

Numbers

Racers

38,500

Location

Location

Charleston South Carolina

Highlights

The Cooper River Bridge Run is the best organized and best conducted 10-K race in the world. It includes world-class competition in a unique setting with unparalleled participant satisfaction. It broadens community cooperation and participation in healthy events throughout the year. The Cooper River Bridge Run serves as a model of health motivation for other communities throughout the world.

SLED selected Dedrone’s Smart Airspace Security solution through Threat Management Group to protect their annual Bridge Run in 2021 and 2022. They leveraged a combination of DedroneSensors in a hybrid configuration. In 2021, SLED deployed mobile DedroneSensors on  their marine patrol vessel for quick response on the water and installed DedroneSensors in a fixed set up around the bridge / for wide area coverage.

SLED was able to identify, locate and track unauthorized drone pilots to ensure the protection of racers, spectators, and race day personnel. SLED successfully located and identified multiple unauthorized pilots throughout the race and educated them on the risks of flying during the event. Using the knowledge gained from the 2021 event, SLED was able to improve their prevention approach and reduce overall unauthorized drone flights in 2022.

SLED did an extensive cUAS industry study of drone detection capabilities and identified Dedrone as the clear market leader. Their ease of deployment, robust drone detection library and simplicity of the UI allowed us to successfully protect our annual Bridge Run.

Trey Elrod, SLED (South Carolina Law Enforcement Division)

Challenge

SLED needed a scalable cUAS solution that was flexible enough to be deployed in a highly complex environment and detect a variety of drone models.

Solution

Through extensive industry study/RFP process, SLED identified Dedrone and TMG as the clear cUAS market leaders and were able to successfully fund a drone detection program through the Port Security Grant Program.

Result

Thanks to TMG, SLED and Dedrone, the 2021 and 2022 Cooper River Bridge Run was the safest, most secure 10K in the history of our annual race. Three different drones were intercepted during the 2021 and 2022 races where law enforcement was able to locate, intercept, and speak to the pilots.

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