Vienna, Austria Police Department
Unauthorized drone flights at sporting events have increased significantly. Low-flying drones can disrupt event operations, endanger the physical safety of spectators and athletes, and are used to violate broadcast rights by streaming live images. The organizers of the Beach Volleyball World Championships in Vienna wanted to protect themselves from these threats to ensure a safe event by leveraging Dedrone to secure their airspace.
Security organizers understood that drone threats in the airspace could disrupt gameplay, threaten spectator and athlete safety, and potentially violate media agreements. To gain ensure a safe event and prevent gameplay disruptions, organizers turned to Dedrone to protect their airspace. Dedrone installed DedroneSensors to monitor activity in the airspace, providing early warning of rogue drones. Dedrone's AI/machine-learning solution, DedroneTracker, fuses data from various sensors to create vital information about drone activity. In the event of a drone incursion, the system alerts security teams in real-time and provides important information such as the drone's position and model.
The organizers of the Vienna Beach Volleyball World Championships had a complete overview of the activities in their airspace during the tournament and deployed their security personnel in a targeted manner. There were no drone incidents during the tournament days, ensuring the safety of all spectators and athletes.
In our operational planning, we included the incidents in Europe in recent months and years, and accordingly we have coordinated and adapted the security system in close cooperation with the organizer.
Patrick Maierhofer, Vienna Police Spokesman in an interview with ORF