In order to effectively protect the airspace from drone threats, security providers generally apply a practical, proven approach to security: layering technology to achieve maximum coverage. Different technologies provide different benefits to an overall ecosystem and key to their success is the ability to not only stand-alone and work independently but also seamlessly integrate with others to amplify their capabilities. 

When protecting an asset on the ground, there may be doors, locks, access control, cameras, and other and procedures in place to defend against any intrusions. Security leaders have their choice in products that make sense for their environment and threat profile, whether it be in the types of materials used, costs, size or capabilities. Each element of a security system brings its own benefits and capabilities, and security teams will continue to add to this set of technology until they are confident the asset they are protecting is secure. 

All tools and technologies must then be combined and processed to provide information to a central command and control station. From there, security teams can continually assess threats and act on them if needed. 

Extending the Next Layer of Security to the Lower Airspace

The traditional physical security system is proven and effective, and must now extend to the lower airspace. When it comes to protecting against unwanted drones, the same layering technique is possible to achieve. The best drone detection technologies available in the world must have a place to come together, cooperate, and provide information that will address the individual needs and airspace that needs an elevated level of security. Counterdrone sensors and mitigation technologies must be linked together to meet the individual needs of the environment, and should also be managed in a single place.

Sensor Agnostic Airspace Security Program

Counterdrone programs that are sensor agnostic enable users to select the best technologies for their needs. The primary reasons why Dedrone provides a sensor agnostic solution include:

  • Continually integrates with highest performance technology: Drone detection hardware is continually advancing. A sensor agnostic program lets users integrate the latest technologies and address any emerging threats from the sky. Many organizations may look to upgrade their hardware as new capabilities are introduced, and at the core of it all is to ensure that it will cooperate and integrate into existing security programs.   
  • Evolves and combats the latest UAS threats: Drones continue to be introduced to the market, bringing with them new capabilities and applications for use and misuse. A sensor-agnostic counterdrone program protects against the widest variety of threats, whether we know of them today or as they are revealed in the future. 
  • Customizable to the environment: Counterdrone programs cannot be successful with a one-size-fits-all approach. Every environment is different, whether it be a stadium, correctional facility, port, oil pipeline or military base. Counterdrone programs should be custom-built to address the specific airspace risks at hand.

Each computing element in a drone detection ecosystem must be able to both stand-alone and cooperate with other sensors. When considering what hardware to include in a counterdrone program, a critical consideration is how they will complement each other, and whether or not they can work together to maximize their ability to protect the lower airspace.

Bringing Together the Best in Sensor Data to Protect Against All Drone Threats

Counterdrone hardware sensors, such as RF, cameras, and radar, produce a high volume of data, including the type of drone, flightpath, and speed. Data processing software, such as DroneTracker, must be nimble and advanced enough to use all the information fed to make a nearly-instantaneous decision whether or not a drone is a threat, and allow security personnel to respond accordingly. As counterdrone programs become more sophisticated, so must the software platform which analyzes sensor data and provides the actionable evidence of drone intrusions. 

For more information about Dedrone’s sensor agnostic approach and DroneTracker contact us here

Susan Friedberg

About the author

Susan is the Director of Communications at Dedrone and has researched, developed, and led the conversation on drones, counter-drone technology, and airspace security since 2016.

Susan Friedberg

Originally published Jul 30, 2019, updated May 14, 2022