PTE interview: How to protect your airport from drone disruption

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A new exhibitor at this year’s Passenger Terminal EXPO believes it can help airports prevent expensive closures and negative headlines caused by drone disruption: DroneShield claims to provide quick, accurate detection and disruption of nearby drones to protect against potential collisions. “If DroneShield were installed at Gatwick, given what we understand about the situation, the disruption would have been minimal – if noticeable at all,” comments James Gatley, DroneShield’s COO.

The company will exhibit its complete suite of capabilities as a counter-drone, end-to-end solutions provider, while underlining its ability to tailor its offerings according to its clients’ requirements and budgets. Both its DroneSentry and DroneSentinel systems will be on display in London, this March. These are particularly relevant for airports, as they provide a modular and scalable multisensor drone detection and software platform that complements existing ATC and security functions.

Unsurprisingly, given a number of recent incidents, DroneShield has seen a lot of enquiries from airports. “Typically, the interest received includes requirements for our fixed detection sensors, and where approved, our variety of countermeasures,” says Gatley.

“Interest from airports has risen significantly in recent months as anyone would expect after the incident at London Gatwick. It is fair to state that airports now have the immediate need to adopt drone detection systems to ensure public safety and operations are maintained as drone use continues to rise. We have been working with airports either directly or through our partners for the last two years as this security gap has been identified. Of course, with any emerging technology, the adoption takes time. Airports represent the most complex environments for counter-drone solutions, however DroneSentry and DroneSentinel are available now to meet this challenge.”

The company will also display its recently released DroneShield Complete user interface, which presents a significant advance in functionality and simplicity for the operator. In addition to showcasing its fixed-sensor solutions, it will also present its range of portable countermeasures. DroneShield says its detection sensors have been certified to be compatible (i.e. no interference) with international standards for employment in aviation and airport operational environments.

DroneShield’s solutions can be scaled to match each airport’s requirements: “We can start by providing a system that simply offers detection and therefore enables early warning and safe avoidance of drones,” explains Gatley.

“These basic systems also help inform the future business case for a larger C-UAS requirement. Drone detection systems are completely passive, have a low price point and are also modular and scalable to enable easy expansion, if and when required. Alternatively, we can provide a complete drone detection and mitigation system that is specific to a facility’s needs and is suitable for the complex environment.”

DroneShield will be exhibiting at Passenger Terminal Expo, on March 26, 27 and 28, 2019, in London. Click here to see what it – and other companies – will be presenting. And make sure you don’t miss the presentation from Police Sergeant Dawn Huckson, titled Stand-off threats to aviation, including drones, at the Passenger Terminal Conference

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