Consolidated Edison, Inc (ConEdison) is one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the United States, providing all electric, gas, and steam services for New York City and Westchester County, New York. ConEdison improves the quality of life in the communities they serve by providing energy services to their customers safely, reliably, and in an environmentally sound manner while providing a safe workplace for their employees.
The New York City metropolitan area is mostly designated as a no-drone-zone by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration; however, drones continue to fly regardless of restrictions. Unauthorized drones flying in and near ConEdison facilities adds risk to ConEdison's security strategy. ConEdison employed Dedrone to conduct a risk assessment to define the level of risk at a Secured Tier 1 Building in New York City, a location critical to operations of the electrical grid for the area.
ConEdison launched their Dedrone airspace security program with a risk assessment, allowing ConEdison to create a solid foundation of data before investing in a more comprehensive airspace security program. With the data collected from a risk assessment, ConEdison customizes their future counter-drone technology acquisitions according to the threat profile. This efficient use of the organization’s time, money, and personnel, allows ConEdison to prioritize high-risk security initiatives before further investing company resources. If a significant risk is identified or large amounts of drone activity are detected, ConEdison operationalizes their airspace security data and responds to eliminate any threat.
ConEdison’s commitment to safety must extend into the lower airspace, and now with Dedrone technology protecting our operations, ConEdison is taking a data-driven approach to understand our airspace vulnerability while increasing safety and security against drone threats. After years of researching the counter-drone market, ConEdison has identified Dedrone as the market leader and our choice for complete airspace security. The first step in ConEdison’s complete airspace security program with Dedrone is to define all drone activity in our area. By using Dedrone’s airspace security technology, ConEdison integrates real airspace data into our security processes and responds immediately to any drone activity. With Dedrone technology, ConEdison extends our security commitment to our employees, customers and community stakeholders to provide complete protection against any drone-based service interruptions or other threats.
An uncooperative or malicious drone at a critical, Secured Tier 1 ConEdison energy facility poses a disruption to service and physical danger to the operations of the New York City electrical grid. New York City is mostly designated by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a “No Fly Zone” for drones. With international airports, stadiums, and critical infrastructure throughout the region, unauthorized drone activity disrupts a myriad of essential services and threatens the continuity of service for 10 million customers in ConEdison’s service area.
ConEdison approached Dedrone to create a customized airspace risk assessment to understand the nature of drone activity near a critical site. ConEdison installed a DedroneSensor at their secure facility to begin their airspace activity assessment and establish baseline data of drone activity.
ConEdison’s drone vulnerability assessment reveals essential information, including drone type, how often, and at what times drones are appearing at this Secured Tier 1 facility. This data helps ConEdison correlate drone activity with any activity within the organization, such as security shift changes, shipments, or significant business or public events.
With this data, ConEdison immediately responds to drone activity and applies new airspace activity information to their standard operating procedures.
After the threat profile has been completed, ConEdison’s security managers make data-driven decisions on whether they need to implement additional counter-drone sensor technology to gain situational awareness and take further action to protect their critical sites. As additional sensors are integrated into the Dedrone platform, built-in predictive analytics help local authorities identify popular takeoff and landing locations to directly approach and apprehend unlawful drone pilots resulting in investigations or prosecution.
Drone incursions at energy facilities are a preventable problem that will continue to persist and escalate. In order to stay ahead of the drone threat, ConEdison has taken action to extend their security strategy into the airspace and further protect the New York City electrical grid for their 10 million customers.