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Suffolk County Correctional Facility

The Suffolk County Correctional System is one of the largest local jail systems in the state of New York

INdustry

Prisons

Attendees

Employees

900

Location

United States

Highlights

  • The Suffolk County Correctional System is one of the largest local jail systems in the state of New York
  • Prison authorities needed to protect their facility against aerial intrusions by drones before an incident happened
  • Dedrone sensors were deployed following a plan for maximum coverage of the site
Attempts to smuggle drugs, mobile phones, or even delivery of weapons with drones remain a concern, but the opportunity for such activity is now greatly reduced

David Prantl, Dedrone

Challenge

Like all prisons, Suffolk County jail has elaborate security provisions on the ground — high walls with razor wire, security cameras, spots etc. — but above the fence the airspace was completely unprotected.

Prison authorities wanted to take action and protect their facility against aerial intrusions by drones before an incident happened. It’s critical to prevent the dropping of contraband into the inner courtyards at anytime, day or night. Objects dropped and gathered by inmates pose a serious threat to other inmates and prison employees.

Solution

After meeting the Dedrone team and reviewing the solution, the team at Suffolk County Prison was convinced. Suffolk County Prison then sent maps of the correctional system to the Dedrone team.

In cooperation with the prison, Dedrone analyzed the maps and identified the most critical areas for drone intrusions. Then Dedrone created a plan with an optimal set-up and alignment of sensors for maximum coverage of the site.

Result

Attempts to smuggle drugs, mobile phones, or even delivery of weapons with drones remain a concern, but the opportunity for such activity is now greatly reduced. The prison receives valuable data on drone activities on the site, for example number of drone intrusions, times, drone models, recurring drones. Searches can be carried out selectively, which greatly facilitates the work of staff.

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