MECHANISMS AGAINST UAV (UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE) – DRONE
*UAV is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, the drone itself. A UAS is an Unmanned Aircraft System which includes the drone, controller and any supporting systems and software.
Originally, drones were used for missions too “dull, dirty or dangerous” for humans. Primarily used for military applications, their usage has rapidly expanded to commercial, scientific, recreational, agricultural, and many other applications. This includes product deliveries, photography, video production (films, TV, documentary), building inspections, and infrastructure assessments (pipelines, cell towers, railroads, waterways). But, they are increasingly being used for criminal activities; drugs smuggling, weapons smuggling, espionage, and terroristic attacks. Some drones can even intercept WI-FI signals and hack into important data.
The biggest concern for our clients is their privacy while they are resting in their villa by the pool or on a yacht. Burglar alarms, fences, locks on doors, and even residential security guards are fairly sufficient to prevent crime, protecting families and their belongings from unwanted intruders or invasion of their property. But, they are not enough to protect privacy. Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles that are controlled from a distance. That’s why physical protection and standard CCTV are not always enough. Before neutralizing drones, we need counter-UAS devices that can alert us to their presence in the first place – these are called detectors.
But, privacy is not always the greatest concern. Drones can carry weapons and explosives too. Autonomous future weaponry is scary stuff!
Here you can watch a short, disturbing film released by the Future of Life Institute (which counts Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking among its backers). The video displays the development of autonomous weapons that can find, track, and fire at targets without human supervision.
This video, presented at a meeting of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons at the United Nations in Geneva highlights the frightening power of tiny AI-equipped drones that decide for themselves whom to kill.
The Associated Press reports from the UN meeting agreed that something should be done to set limits on this potentially devastating machinery. They warn that a pre-emptive ban on such technology is urgently needed to prevent terrible new weapons of mass destruction.
The rate of technological development, however, always seems to outpace the ability of law and government to regulate its potential consequences.
To describe what we consider to be the main threat of drones, we can take as an example the situation where German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, was taken aback by a drone that crashed two meters away from her at an election event in 2013.
This incident had no serious consequences. But, what would have happened if, for example, the drone had been armed? As we have already mentioned, they can be armed with sophisticated deadly weapons!
Watch another video example of what drones can carry today;
The ban on killer robots still has not been enforced, and that’s why we are here. Offering you anti-drone/anti-UAV equipment in cooperation with our partner MyDefence to protect you!
Drones against privacy
When it comes to buying commercial drones, there are many people at organizations with various ideas of how to use them and employ them in business. But, there are also countless people out there who do not want drones to interfere with their businesses, their privacy, their operations, their infrastructure, their buildings, or their facilities.
Today, there is so much money being spent on drones. But, the amount of cash that will inevitably be spent on anti-drone capabilities will be enormous!
When it comes to protecting privacy, property, people, and mission-critical infrastructure, the needs are great from a very diverse group of organizations, as well as, individuals.
Celebrities, executives, dignitaries, and others with personal security concerns use anti-drone devices for advance detection and warning of drone presence. It issues instant alerts via monitoring platforms, SMS, emails, or a special device notification system, allowing security guards to proactively respond.
The chief concern our clients have is their privacy while they are relaxing in their villas, by the pool, or on a yacht. Burglar alarms, fences, locks on doors, and residential security guards are fairly sufficient in preventing crime as well as protecting families and their belongings from unwanted intruders or invasion of their property. But, they are not enough to protect privacy.
A drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle that is controlled from a distance, and that’s why physical protection and standard CCTV are not enough. So, counter-UAS devices that can notify us of the presence of drones are necessary.
Also, private events with high entertainment value or controversy are prime opportunities to spy, harass, harm, or illegally record using drones.
Our event security teams use anti-UAV devices to monitor all dimensions of an event space, both on the ground and in the air. This Anti-UAV System offers temporary installments for special events – even in locations with minimal infrastructure.
Drones can capture a birds-eye view of large-scale exhibitions. They can freely infiltrate gated environments and avoid capture by security on the ground. This makes consumer aircraft ideal tools for unlicensed recording and transmission of event footage. Drones also cause distraction or risk of bodily harm if they crash in a crowded area.
How Anti-Drone System can help?
The Anti-drone industry is becoming larger than the industry for commercial UAVs because there are so many areas where owners want to protect their assets. These range from private and mission-critical infrastructure to government agencies, to stadiums, large business campuses, and so many other commercial and specialized facilities. With the use of drones on various battlefields, the need for anti-drone technology is intensifying.
The anti-drone device is a directed-energy unmanned aircraft system (UAS) countermeasure. It quickly disrupts the adversary’s control of the drone, neutralizing it so that no remote action is possible. This minimizes drone damage and risk to public safety.
- DETECT DRONE
RF Sensors detect drones up to a 3-5 km away and give early warning of drone-based threats, often even before the drone takes off.
- ALERT SECURITY TEAMS
Warnings and alerts are triggered automatically and can be sent to a vibration bracelet and earplugs, or monitoring platform.
- TRACK DRONE
By incorporating sensors such as video cameras, anti-drone solution can track the flight path of the drone and reveal the location of the pilot.
- JAM DRONE
Active countermeasures, including jamming, can easily and quickly remove a drone before it gets too close to the facility.
- CAPTURE DRONE
Once a drone is disabled, it can be retrieved, confiscated, and examined to determine the nature of the threat.
- LOCATE AND ARREST PILOT
At the end of their flight, drones return to the pilot’s location. By tracking the drone as it flies, anti-drone solution can reveal the location of the pilot.
- PROVIDE EVIDENCE
All alerts and video capture of drone threats are automatically recorded and catalogued. These are easily exported to share with law enforcement.
- HARDEN SECURITY
Drones often look for security gaps, on both physical and IT infrastructure. By identifying potential areas of exploit, our teams can examine potential gaps.
There are many drone protection solutions on the market.
When we talk about jamming, the most commonly used on the market are handheld gun-jammers. These disable drones by ejecting a net over them or use drones to eject the net (non-destructive unmanned aircraft that launches a net to capture drones and other targets), or even bullets or similar destructive forms of pyrotechnics. Yet, that kind of anti-drone equipment has limitations regarding efficient range and they depend on a human factor, for instance, the skill of the operator to capture the drone. The current NET models on the market are manually operated and require two people to handle them: one person to pilot the drone and another to fire the net.
Another solution are jamming riffles which interfere with drone signals and cut off the connection between the drone and its remote control. Depending on the UAV, this will either result in a landing or a return flight to the drone’s starting point. Devices are also used to disturb the connection between UAV and remote control using laser technology. In addition, the system is able to make the cameras of UAVs target useless.
However, our experience with those type of jammers and detectors from various companies were not good! Our previous partner – a producer of anti-drone equipment who provides their anti-drone equipment at some of the biggest sporting and political events worldwide were not able to provide what was necessary for our clients in the yachting industry. This is because some of the biggest superyachts in the world use the same equipment for their vehicles. Basically, their anti-drone radar detectors were useless due to interference with ship’s navigation/radars. That’s the reason why we partnered with MyDefence.
There are also some anti-drone software programs. For instance, Drone Mobile APPs were designed for smartphones and tablets as a drone finder that detects, alerts, and records information on around 50% of consumer drones. These apps are supposed to detect most non-encrypted RF-controlled commercially available drones that use Wi-Fi. They then record this data including the category of drone and its ID which can be used to document incursions and support apprehension and prosecution by local law enforcement. But, they are very LIMITED. Drone APPS do not detect many small toy drones, encrypted professional models, or military drones. Additionally, these systems are not the solution to drone problems. They only exist to help users detect drones flying nearby, not to neutralize them.
OUR ANTI-DRONE SYSTEM
Commercial drones operate in FRQ bands 433MHz 915MHz 1.2GHz 2.4GHz 5.2GHZ and 5.8GHz. We can detect all of these bands and let the security guard, captain, and ship security officer know that a drone is approaching from up to 3-5 km away.
With the detector connected to the jammer, the jammer will create a fence up to 1km away, meaning that the drone cannot come too close.
Mydefence jammer has a jamming algorithm that counters the FRQ hopping drones. This means that if a drone senses frequency noise from the jammer or another environmental interference for example 2.4GHz, it will switch FRQ to 5.8GHz and continue flying, while the algorithm in our jammer counters that, and jams the drone anyway.
With a conventional jammer, the drone will sense the interference from the jammer and switch FRQ band leaving the jammer useless.
Another advantage of our partner’s MyDefence jammers that we use:
They cover 60 degrees, with no need for the operator to see or aim a drone. A small drone 100m to 200m away is hard to discover and hit with a usual jamming riffle. That’s why these jammers are much more effective.
Anti-drone equipment is legal or not?
In the US, buyers of drone technology must register their drones with the US Federal government to obtain a license to fly legally. The drone itself is nothing more than a cargo vehicle that can carry technology and even weapons.
In most EU countries drones of up to 5 kg capacity are allowed for use without any restrictions.
But, “Drone law” isn’t a real thing, yet.
“If I am going 90 miles an hour in a 55 mile an hour zone, if I don’t get caught, who cares? The same applies to the adherence to current FAA policy and other regulations. No one is getting caught, no one is writing tickets. “
The most convincing argument for the use of anti-drone technology is understanding that terrorists have off-the-shelf drone technology at their disposal which is available for a few hundred dollars and a few e-commerce clicks.
However, traditional defense mechanisms against UAVs, such as shooting them down, are not tenable within the U.S. and EU under current regulations.
“You cannot shoot down a drone as it is considered an aircraft.”
This statement was made by Mark Dombroff at a recent drone conference, the International Drone Expo in Los Angeles, California. He may be right, but it hasn’t stopped some individuals from killing the invasive drones who violated the right on their privacy.
A non-kinetic solution to defend airspace against UAS without compromising safety or risking collateral damage. The easy-to-use, lightweight, point-and-shoot system requires no extensive training.
This innovative system provides instantaneous disruption of unwanted UAS using two different defenses:
•Remote control drone disruption
The use and acquisition of jammers are banned to private individuals not only in the US but also in some other countries within EU. Likewise, only government agencies currently have the power to use such anti-drone devices with impunity.
“The most effective counter-drone technology in order to detect and then do something about it is basically take over the communication between the drone and the ground controller in order to tell it to do something else, and we’re not allowed to do that because it’s like hacking into somebody else’s computer. To be frank, the most effective technologies are the ones that are illegal.” said Anh Duong, UAS program executive officer with the DHS Science and Technology directorate.
The technologies we mentioned in the list above are currently intended for professional use only. As already stated, this is limited by legal provisions. However, some anti-drone gadgets can be used in the consumer sector if the appropriate legislation is fulfilled.
Come, visit us at Cannes Yacht Show!
We will be co-exhibiting anti-drone devices together with our partner My Defence, at Vieux Port this year in September! So, whether you’re from a yacht charter agency, you’re a yacht builder, or simply own a yacht and you’re interested in installing one of our sophisticated defense systems on your superyacht, come and visit our tent to see our presentation and speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members.
Tuesday, Sep 7th – Sun, Sep 12th
Sector area; Pantiero,
Aisle PAN 380.
Contact us and we will send you PRIVILAGE INVITATION pass.