Goal 10 Reduced Inequalities
Goal 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Attack of the drones
In the United States the amount of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones as they’re more commonly known, are expected to triple in 5 years, from 1.1 million in 2017 to 3.1 million in 2022. Drones can benefit society in many positive ways but, in the wrong hands, they can also be dangerously misused. Small, quiet and hard to detect, drones can be tools for espionage, smuggling and even terrorism.
San Francisco based tech company, Dedrone, working in partnership with Deutsche Telekom, take this threat very seriously and have developed an automated, anti-drone system called DroneTracker.
Identified Flying Objects
DroneTracker uses a range of sensors such as video cameras, radio frequency scanners and microphones to detect drones and then, if necessary, disable them by jamming their transmissions. DroneTracker’s technology is able to tell the difference between drones and other flying objects, such as birds and helicopters and can even reveal the location of the rogue drone’s pilot. Once a drone is identified, DroneTracker sends an alert to the security services who can immediately step in and take the measures necessary to keep people safe.
In 2017 Dedrone worked with the US Department of Defence to protect the Pentagon from 100 unauthorized drones flying nearby and the previous year the New York Mets launched DroneTracker at their Citi Field stadium to safeguard the lives of the 2 million fans who annually attend games there.
“At Citi Field we pride ourselves on the job we do protecting the fans. In this day and age technology of this kind is a must. It certainly helps me sleep better at night knowing that we have an eye in the sky at all times.”
Mitch Cole, Security guard, Citi Field stadium
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