Counter drones steal the show at this year’s GSX convention

Todd Prince | September 26th, 2018  Read the story on →

A black drone with 5-foot-wide blades lifted off the ground inside the Las Vegas Convention Center and zeroed in on its enemy about 15 feet away.


A white net traveling at 80 miles per hour shot forward and captured an enemy drone as more than a hundred security industry professionals looked on.

If drones were the buzz in previous years at the annual ASIS Conference — now renamed Global Security Exchange, or GSX — then this year it is the “counter drone,” observed Scott Breor, acting deputy assistant secretary for infrastructure protection at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who visited the show this week.

Counter drones, security robots and gun detection technology were just of few of the items on exhibit at the five-day show dedicated to physical and cybersecurity. GSX, which attracts more than 20,000 industry professionals, ends Thursday.

While drones enable stunning video and photographs, they also make it possible for spies to steal information and terrorists to destroy critical infrastructure. That is creating demand for counter drones that can take them safely out of the sky.

“All of a sudden we have these small things that can do great damage — they are easy to obtain, they are cheap, they are easy to operate,” said Gregg Pugmire, vice president for global sales at Fortem Technologies, which put on the drone display this week at GSX.

Fortem Technologies’ counter drone can autonomously detect when an unauthorized drone enters a restricted area and either photograph the enemy object, signal to it or capture it, Pugmire told an audience.

“The key is we have the ability to launch a drone autonomously based upon parameters that you have set for your particular security environment,’’ he said.

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About Fortem Technologies

Fortem Technologies is the leader in airspace awareness, safety and security for a drone world. Fortem delivers commercially available solutions that detect and measure intention of drones in real time to maintain airspace safety, while actively protecting No-Fly Zones. Based in Pleasant Grove, Utah, the company is privately held and backed by Boeing, Signia Venture Partners, DCVC, Mubadala Investment Company, and others.

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