Anti-Drone Technology vs Legitimate Drones

To drone or not to drone, there is an emerging battle looming in the skies, as the anti-drone technology is gaining more fans, more so when drone mishaps are reportedly happening unabated.

While the fascination for hobby and consumer drones continues to attract more and more followers, makers and users, there is also a growing number who have maintained a skeptic, even an antagonistic stance, fueled in part by the general association with military drones, fear-mongering tactics of some in media promoting a false image of drones and their users, as well as the non-stop rise in drone incidence committed by rougue drone pilots.

This negative reaction, apart from posing big challenges to the advancing, legitimate drone industry, also means business for those wanting to economically benefit from it – hence, the rise of the anti-drone technology.

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A recent DCInno article reported on this:
In Kassel, Germany, roughly 4,000 miles away from Washington, D.C., sits a startup called DeDrone that is banking on the demand for drone-restricted zones, much like what the District of Columbia maintains today. Companies like DeDrone are part of a small but quickly growing subsegment of a larger emerging drone industry centered around detecting and inhibiting the movement of active drones while also collecting data and notifying a customer of the aircraft’s presence. – Read more at:

This is not the first appearance of the anti-drones. Last year, the technology was already creating a buzz, according to this article.
Why ‘anti-drone’ technology is now all the buzz
By Beef Central, 16 October 2015
Companies looking to safeguard their operations from rogue drone operators are now turning to ‘anti-drone’ weapons to neutralise the threat mid-air, Flight Safety Australia (FSA) reports.

While there may be valid concerns for safety and privacy, articles such as the following, obviously a fan of the anti-drone tech, do more harm rather than educate the public as to the good drones can do.
While these unmanned flying devices have grown quite popular over the last few years, even finding their way into commercial applications like delivering products for Amazon, they’ve certainly been used for more insidious purposes. Drones have been cited as culprits in a number of drug-related prison incidents, they’ve caused quite a stir amongst wildlife, and they’ve even hindered firefighting attempts during major natural disasters. And then, of course, there’s just the everyday annoyance of having to deal with a drone as you’re trying to take a nap. – Read more at:

Another company cashing in on the negativity being hyped in media is Drone Shield, a a U.S.-based anti-drone technology company. BrinkNews reported on its interview last year with the company’s co-founder, Brian Hearing.
According to Hearing, “In the security industry, you don’t prepare for what has already happened, you prepare for what could happen. Certainly those drone cases point to trends or the possibility of people using drones intentionally for misuse, which means that things can get much worse. For example, intentionally trying to collide with an aircraft, strapping explosives or poisons and flying them into crowds over stadiums or VIP events. Just because something so far hasn’t intentionally been done successfully with large impact doesn’t mean that it can’t happen in the future and that the security industry shouldn’t be preparing.” – Read more at:

Meanwhile, the demand for drone photography services continues to soar high.

Just taking a look at the winning entries to the 2015 Drone Aerial Photography Contest makes one understand why using drones for taking such riveting vivid aerial photos is a big selling point of the drone industry.
Both professional photographers and amateur drone photographers submitted photos from all over the globe, offering stunning views of nature, cityscapes, animals and humans from above. Read more here:

To promote the idea the anti-drone technology is designed to ward off dangerous drones is misleading. For as James Davis, publisher of The Droneologist reiterates, ” There are no dangerous drones, but there are dangerous drone pilots.”

Amateur and professional drone users know their responsibilities, abide by the rules, and promote safe, responsible flying; only there are just some “rotten eggs” among them who recklessly defy safety rules and policies. But there is nothing that should stop the legitimate drone industry from advancing and innovating.


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