A suspected drone closed Gatwick airport in the UK for 33 hours in 2018, disrupting the journeys of approximately 140,000 passengers. Airlines lost tens of millions of dollars.
Since the Gatwick incident, quite a few airports worldwide were forced to close their airspace because of unauthorized or rogue drones.
Airport security personnel are understandably worried. Takeoffs and landings are the most vulnerable moments for pilots, with little room for safe maneuvering.
Fears of a drone colliding with a plane, or being used for a terror attack, have many airport security teams searching for suitable counter-drone technologies. Securing airports and controlling the risk of another drone-related closure, interruption or terror attack is crucial.
But there are additional complications: the first is that authorized drones are utilized at many airports for inspection, security and other important tasks. This makes jammers problematic as an effective counter-unmanned aerial system (c-UAS) solution. Jammers do notdifferentiate between friendly and rogue drones, and can potentially hamper crucial communications systems in the area.
Also, jammer-based mitigation may be only temporary, and allow the drone to fly back to its original take-off position, which would likely enable the original pilot to regain control of the drone.
ENSURE CONTROL AND CONTINUITY WITH ENFORCEAIR
Unlike traditional anti-drone solutions on the market, our flagship product, EnforceAir, uses non-jamming and non-kinetic technologies to keep your airspace safe, including takeoff and landing runways and airstrips. Flight schedules proceed as planned, backed by an autonomous system that asserts control over rogue drones and lands them safely in a designated zone. The solution co-exists with airport wireless communications.
EnforceAir can extract a unique identifier (known as a tail number) per drone, sourced from the drone’s communication. Authorized drones can then be tagged as “authorized” to fly in certain areas of the airport. This “friend or foe” capability is absent from radars and other traditional detection systems.
Safety and continuity are facilitated by EnforceAir, which prevents the operator from regaining control over the drone, fully and smoothly eliminating the threat. Forensics extraction helps identify the ground operator.
EnforceAir also provides airport authorities with preventive notifications while extracting crucial data – such as the drone take-off position and pilot remote control location, so authorities can alert specific at-risk flights and emergency personnel.
Control the Drone to Control the Threat – C-sUAS Solutions by D Fend