Detection and disabling technology to eliminate illegal drones in ME

SkyDroner will be able to detect, distract and disable unauthorised drones in restricted areas

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Detection and disabling technology to eliminate illegal drones in ME Singapore firm TeleRadio will unveil SkyDroner at Intersec 2017
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  January 8, 2017

In 2016, police had confiscated drones from a group of teenagers after they were caught flying their devices near Dubai International Airport. To prevent this from reoccurring, a drone detection and disabling technology dubbed SkyDroner is arriving in Dubai.

Singapore firm TeleRadio will unveil SkyDroner at Intersec 2017, where is will explain that the technology is able to detect, distract and disable unauthorised drones in restricted airspaces surrounding airports, military bases and other critical infrastructures.

Jason Quek, TeleRadio's regional sales director, said: "SkyDroner identifies unauthorised drones and ultimately overwrites commands forcing them to land when they breach invisible security barriers. First it performs continuous monitoring of drone frequencies within a protected vicinity. Upon detection of any drone radio frequency signature, it generates an alarm and pinpoints the drone's location and its operator.

"SkyDroner then identifies the type of drone and decides the action to carry out. Based on the make and model, it will issue different commands to the respective drone, including ‘return to operator', ‘land at designated location' or ‘freeze the video transmission'.  Finally it can discontinue all communication link between the drone and its operator forcing the drone to land."

Quek said that aside from aviation or military applications, SkyDroner can also be handy for private and commercial purposes such as building and VIP protection, oil and gas infrastructure, and sea ports: "With the rapid increase of drone applications around the world, we hope to connect at Intersec 2017 with interested business associates who need SkyDroner to provide tighter security to their industries," he concluded.

Illegal drone activity is common, with several incidents at Dubai International Airport last year, where drone activity forced Emirates to suspend operation, costing millions in dirhams as well as impacting passengers. There have been similar incidents globally, including Newark and JFK airports reporting frequent drone invasions.

Intersec 2017 will feature a three-day conference programme; the Intersec Fire Safety Conference on 22 January; the Critical Infrastructure Security Conference, from 23-24 January; and the Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA) Forum, on 24 January.

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