As drone proliferate, both clueless operators and those with criminal intent pose a threat to airports and other critical infrastructure. In April 2019, more than a thousand flights were delayed or cancelled out of London’s Gatwick Airport due to drone sightings close to the runway, demonstrating the havoc that can be wreaked by off-the-shelf drones without effective systems to detect and potentially destroy these little quadcopters.
John talks with business and homeland security editor Cal Biesecker on progress across the federal government on testing and procuring counter-drone systems that can be deployed in crowded environments and establishing CONOPS to guide authority and decision-making. Also included are comments from Angela Stubblefield, one of the FAA’s leads on counter-drone activities, as well as a number of companies with counter-UAS systems on the market.
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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.