Drone usage on the rise and how to combat the risks associated
By Paul Hicks, Head of Wireless at telent
The utilisation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has become increasingly more prevalent over the last few years, but unauthorised drone usage has captured the headlines in the United Kingdom and abroad. Most notably, the Gatwick drone incidents in December 2018 which reportedly cost the airport and airlines more than 50 million pounds in damages, delayed the travel arrangements of thousands of passengers around the festive period and undermined the public’s trust in airports across the country.
However, drone usage can also have a host of benefits. More and more businesses are deploying drones within their legitimate capacity and when utilised correctly, can significantly enhance a business’ fortunes. That is why drones are increasingly being tried and tested across an array of industry sectors including, ports, agriculture, defence, mining, construction and the emergency services.
Increased usage vs increased challenges
If they fall into the wrong hands, UAVs can cause a nuisance for organisations and can disrupt their day-to-day operations. Furthermore, drones are also being used to spy on behalf of rival competitors and this has even escalated into more severe circumstances in some cases, where drones have been used as a dangerous weapon with the intention to potentially cause serious harm. This problem is hard to tackle, as a single drone or swarm of drones can be difficult to neutralise and track and pinpointing the drone operator can be extremely challenging.
With the demand for drones showing no signs of letting up anytime soon, organisations and businesses must begin combatting unauthorised drone usage effectively now, rather than later. This will prevent organisations from facing the significant repercussions of an unexpected drone attack, one which could cause delays to their operations or even cease trading.
Help is at hand
Developed in response to the significant rise in unexpected drone incidents, telent and Digital Global Systems (DGS) CLEARSKY have come together to develop a Drone Threat Management System (DTMS) which has the ability to protect stadiums, large public venues, airports and utility facilities from the unpredictable threat of unauthorised and malicious drone usage.
With the capability to detect drone activity from up to two kilometres away, any associated potential threats can be easily and appropriately responded to with the solution. What’s more, it can also locate the drone operator, monitor the flight path that the drone is undertaking and identify the type of drone. The easy-to-use system - which does not require hours of training for the controller – also allows on the ground teams to easily and rapidly deploy the system, significantly enhancing its security to protect their assets – as and when they need it.
The DTMS uses passive radio frequency (RF) monitoring rather than radar, which means it does not interfere with other equipment and radio based services. This patented technology also automatically captures, interprets, locates, and alerts on rogue wireless signals, preventing any unauthorised users from stealing key information. This ensures users are able to capture and store threat data quickly so that the authorities can also use it effectively as evidence for any legal proceedings that may arise.
For more information about the Drone Threat Management System, please see: https://telent.com/uploads/docs/telent-Drone-Threat-Management.pdf.
To learn more about telent’s work in the industry, please visit: https://telent.com/service-providers/wireless-services/drone-threat-management
To learn more about DGS, take a look at its website: https://www.digitalglobalsystems.com/.