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, security and defense. Through an advanced ecosystem of distributed radar, AI at the Edge, deep sensor integration, and autonomous drone capture, Fortem monitors, protects and defends the world’s venues, infrastructures, cities and regions from dangerous or malicious drone threats. The same ecosystem is accelerating the safety of the world’s airspace for urban air mobility. Based in Pleasant Grove, Utah, the company is privately held and backed by Boeing, Signia Venture Partners, DCVC, Mubadala Investment Company and others.