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As UAVs get cheaper to buy and easier to use, they’re also going to get more and more dangerous. Though people would be more careful while flying them, they can be used in about all the ways including best or objectionable, illegal or dangerous. This means that the industry needs to come up with affordable UAV-defence solutions as well. These are a few of the popular solutions:
Battelle, a US Sci-tech contractor and the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization, has developed an innovative radical radio wave gun, DroneDefender, weapon that can detect and kill UAVs.
These devices counter drones using disruptive radio waves while remaining harmless to any devices that aren’t drones. The state-of-art design makes them disable the drones in a secure and supervised manner.
The guns are movable, precise and quick to use counter weapons that help providing critical security protection. The gun targets the drone by a built-in sight and forces the drone to land up to 400 m away.
“It can help us in many settings, from the White House lawn to bases and embassies overseas; from prisons and schools to historic sites,” says Alex Morrow, technical director of the project. The weapon weighs around 7kg. It can operate for 5 hours without the need for recharging.
Operating the gun is also very simple, the operator aims at the drone and pulls the trigger. This produces a radio signal surrounding the drone making the drone out of reach for the operator and the drone will go into one of the safety protocols. The safety protocol makes the drone hover in the same position until the operator regains control.
Multi-Sensor Drone Tracker:
A drone detector is an electronic device that apprehends the presence of unwanted drones in your proximity. In other words, these are simple devices which recognize any kind of electronic drone using real-time alerts and digital data collection. Since in the recent times the wide variety of industries and environments are prone to drones; detection systems help fight the drone threats.
The detectors can identify drones in the air, in water, and on the ground. Once the detector identifies the drone in a particular area, it can send a message, e-mail or voice alerts to the owner. According to interestingengineering.com, some detectors can also help in providing an early warning which increases the chance of efficiently handling an intrusion.
One of the widely used examples of a drone detection system is Dedrone. DroneTracker is the only modular drone detection on the market, which can adapt to the specific threat situation on-site.
The tracker can be mounted anywhere including prison, a nuclear plant, embassies, government and industrial facilities, and private buildings. Each DroneTracker comes with cameras, acoustic and radio frequency sensors. These detect the presence of a drone and also indicate what type of drone it is. While smaller places require just one or two DroneTrackers, stadiums and other large venues might require up to 10 trackers.
In addition to a complete airspace monitoring, the user can manage the information through a convenient browser interface.
Cloud-based database connection stands as the biggest technological advantage of using the multi-sensor detection system. It stores the collected real-time digital data in the management systems and seamlessly integrate with security systems.The efficient software assures a continuous display of real-time airspace information.
With the latest software update DroneTracker 2.5, the tracker contains powerful detection abilities in order to detect drones by their radio frequency. This adds the advantages such as increased detection range and more reliable detection and identification of intruding drones.
AUDS (Anti-UAV Defence System):
For most people on the ground, there’s not a lot that we can do about unwanted UAVs buzzing around overhead. The solution to this is obvious and inevitable: interceptor UAVs which seek out and bring them down.
Anti-Drone is a scalable system, which provides the maximum protection of areas and facilities of various sizes, forms, and functions. It comprises of different sets of equipment depending on the application. Be it private houses, or prisons, or commercial venues, or government buildings, or industrial installations, or airports, or border security, or critical infrastructure, or military facilities, anti-drone is a simple solution. the system works best in identifying hostile airborne surveillance and potentially malicious activities.
After detecting a hostile drone, it tracks and classifies them before providing the option to disrupt their activity. The AUDS system integrates electronic-scanning radar target detection, electro-optical (EO) tracking/classification and directional RF inhibition capability.
The AUDS system can detect UAVs at distances of up to 10km. The infrared and daylight cameras and video tracking software track the UAV. Later, it blocks the drone-controlling radio signals with a non-kinetic inhibitor. At present, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is evaluating the AUDS for use at selected major US airports.