While drone technology is fast transforming drones from being solely used for military warfare to the now everyday consumer drones with a wide range of uses, including drones for aerial photography services, an anti-drone technology is emerging to ward off pesky drones that threaten public safety and privacy as well.
The growing number of risky incidents involving consumer drones is alarming and has been a serious concern of authorities, professional drone users groups as well as concerned citizens. DroneShield is one company that is involved with anti-drone technology.
A BRINK article reports on this:
Against that backdrop the nascent anti-drone market has emerged. Intended to act as early warning devices or direct interdiction, several companies have sprung up offering various solutions. BRINK spoke recently with Brian Hearing, co-founder of DroneShield, a U.S.-based anti-drone technology company, about this burgeoning new technology market and the risks it addresses. – Read more here:
According to information gathered by BRINK from its interview with Hearing, the anti-drone technology is not merely in response to the “annoyance” consumer drones have brought, but also in preparation for any potential threats.
Hearing: In some cases, an annoyance might not be a sufficient description. For example, people are sneaking in cell phones, drugs, equipment and weapons into prisons. There are drones that have the potential to fly inside aircraft and kill hundreds of people on board.
‘Just because something bad hasn’t intentionally been done with large impact doesn’t mean that it can’t happen…’
Popular Mechanics also has a report on the anti-drone technology by DroneShield:
DroneShield’s core technology relies on off-the-shelf weatherproof microphones and Wi-Fi hotspots or cellular connections to transmit the acoustic data. This allows the company to more easily adapt it to a variety of environments. Depending on the number of sensors installed, the cost to DroneShield customers can range anywhere from $1,000 to more than $100,000. (In the case of the Boston Marathon, DroneShield set up 10 temporary sensors on light poles along the race routes for free.) […] Hearing argues that drones pose legitimate dangers that drone detection technologies like his can thwart. – Read more at:
Earlier this year, it was reported that a device using a similar anti-drone technology was created in Germany. It was also as a response to the growing threat in security and privacy, the report says.
Enter Cyborg Unplug. The Berlin-based startup created a device to ensure no unwanted wireless surveillance captures data from anywhere it’s not supposed to be.
The Cyborg Unplug connects to your wireless network and plugs into an outlet in your home or business. It scans wireless signals coming from different devices, and if it detects a signal from a device you haven’t authorized on your network, it shuts down the video, audio, or other information the device is capturing. – Read more at:
Drone crashes, understandably pesky, annoying and risky, are in fact caused by humans, as James Davis of The Droneologist constantly reminds: “Drones do not crash by themselves; it’s unskilled, or reckless, irresponsible people who crash drones” – but the danger of drones being “intentionally used” for harm is indeed real scary as well.
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