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Drone Threats: Detection Before Counter Measure
By Will Poh, Director, Defence and Security Solutions, Strateq Group of Companies
Most drone users realized there are no mechanism of enforcement fully in place to protect against their potential misuse. While navigating drone threats, it is crucial to separate two fundamental elements of the equation; detection before countermeasure. The underlying process is you cannot defeat what you cannot see. Companies like Strateq and its technology partners focused heavily on developing drone detection solutions and classification technology while implementing suitable countermeasure devices. Such technology leverages a range of sensors including radar, acoustic, radio frequency, and cameras to identify drone intrusions. Countermeasure solutions like radio frequency jammers can be a very expensive proposition and they are only effective if location or early detection of drones are accurate and immediate.Regulations, though necessary, won’t accomplish deterrence of rogue drones alone. Countless near-misses with aircraft, power outages caused by drones crashing into electrical lines, and the dropping of contraband into prisons are a few ways that exemplify laws will always be broken. A concise drone identification solution coupled with effective UAS Traffic Management will prevent most rogue pilots while educating new adopters into responsible drone pilots. Installation of effective detection devices will be the crucial first step to manage these drones. Forensic data captured from detection phase will be the basis for prosecution and regulation. The future of drone threats will look very different if we have robust policies in place and a united industry committed to mitigating them. Unless we act proactively and defend all critical infrastructures with reliable detection solutions, no amount of countermeasures are able to prevent a catastrophe from happening. But while it might take some time before new regulations are in place in most airports, one thing is quite clear: drones are now a reality which, when it comes to airport security, can be addressed and prevented with the right mitigation solutions.
Most drone users realized there are no mechanism of enforcement fully in place to protect against their potential misuse