As the whole world is getting more and more excited about the drone technology, some are already planning for a dark turn of events.
Blighter Surveillance Systems from the UK has developed anti-drone technology, which is mainly aimed at stopping drones from any kind of harmful activity. The technology is called Anti-UAV Defense System (AUDS) and it’s the joint creation of Blighter Surveillance Systems, Enterprise Control Systems and Chess Dynamics.
The three companies engineered the device that’s capable of jamming the drone’s control signal, thus rendering the unmanned aircraft virtually useless.
AUDS is equipped with a radar system that will detect drones flying in a specified perimeter. A camera equipped with thermal imaging technology is also available for more precise detection of the “malicious” drone.
The entire process – from the detection of the drone to the jamming of its radio signal – will take less than 25 seconds, BBC reported.
It’s interesting to point out that different drone manufacturers rely on specific radio signal frequencies. AUDS is capable of jamming all of those, making the drones unresponsive. A directional antenna is used for the purpose and the signal is so powerful that the drone will not be capable of responding to the operator.
Depending on the AUDS operator preferences, the radio signal can be jammed for a short period of time or until the drone runs out of battery and it eventually crashes. The technology has undergone extensive testing in the US, UK and France. There has been a significant interest from aviation authorities towards the development of anti-drone technology. Numerous airplane and aircraft pilots have filed reports about drones flying in close proximity.
Apart from technologies like AUDS, various kinds of weapons have already been developed for the purpose of taking down drones. The US Army has presented a prototype of military-grade technology that’s designed for the purpose of firing projectiles and damaging drones.
Laser weapon systems are an alternative for the effective demolition of drones and quadcopters.
It may seem like some companies are taking it a step too far but anti-drone technologies are one of the most logical developments. Authorities would certainly like to have control over the “innocent” camera drones – after all, a video created by an amateur could potentially threaten national security.
No Fly Zones
It would also be interesting to see whether governments would begin pressuring drone manufacturers to build certain security measures or restrictions within the technology itself. Companies like DJI, for example, have already started programming no fly zones directly into the drone firmware, restricting the use of the technology in specific regions.