Drones are now advancing, trespassing and intruding just about anywhere, despite the no-fly zones and rules and regulations set by the FAA. This is a major problem for airports, government facilities or anywhere airborne intruders aren’t welcome. Several techniques have been used, including net gun and drone-hunting eagles, to keep these intruding drones at bay, but two new systems, to be launched in the US, might offer more permanent protection to these potential places. DroneSentinel will be able to detect unauthorized drones and its companion, DroneSentry system, will jam their signals to ground them, if local laws permit the doing.
The two companion systems are built on the same base technology that is designed to detect incoming drones through various methods. Both systems contain radar, radio frequency, acoustic, thermal and optical sensors, and once a potential intruder is detected, the information is compared against an internal database of drone signatures before alerting the user via SMS, email or through an existing security network.
DroneSentry takes the extra step, unleashing a radio frequency countermeasure. Like the company’s standalone DroneGun, this system can engage an intruder drone from up to 2 km (1.2 miles) away, scrambling the signal between the drone and the controller and causing the aircraft to either land or return home, which is really useful for places like prisons, where drones are dropping contraband to inmates.
The only problem to these two systems is that it is still illegal to jam drone signals in most parts of the US. If one is interested to set up this kind of system, they should make sure to be aware of the local legislation before taking any step forward. If the law doesn’t permit, DroneSentinel’s detection package is a decent alternative. If the laws change to allow the jamming of drones, the countermeasure system can be added, since the technology is modular.
DroneShield has just started taking orders for DroneSentry, where production will be expected to begin by the end of this year.