A Utah-based company is in Las Vegas this week to demonstrate a better way of policing drones flying the friendly skies. The demonstration took place at ASIS International’s Global Security Exchange (GSX) conference. The counter-drone system is beginning to be used at several places around the country.
Fortem Technologies has started deploying ‘DroneHunter,’ which uses ground-based radar to locate a threat. Then its own sensors pick up the rogue drone, as it prepares to engage the target.
“If it’s told to attack, then it would get into a dogfight with it, and then it would shoot the net and capture it and then tether it away to a pre-designated safe zone for forensic analysis,” said Bruce Carpenter, the vice president of Fortem Technologies.
Though they can’t specify, Carpenter says his system has been installed at an airport, a stadium and at a number of department of defense installations.
“We haven’t had to divert a terrorist threat as of yet, but everybody is concerned about them and we’re prepared to create this solution,” Carpenter said.
The system is designed to either have a human make the final decision to make the capture, or it can operate completely autonomously.
It’s a decision that facilities will have to make more and more frequently as the number of drones in the sky continues to increase, and as more UAV’s encroach on restricted airspace.
Fortem bills it as a safe solution to a growing problem.
The system is in the process of getting its final certifications to operate commercially.
Fortem has been testing its systems in the United States along with other parts of the world.