To infinity and beyond: monitoring the airways

February 27, 2023

The true scale of illicit drone activity is unknown. In 2021, over 6,000 incidents were reported to Police in the UK alone. Threats presented by illegal drone activities include the unlawful filming of live sporting or entertainment events, contraband deliveries to prison inmates, intrusions into flight restriction zones at airports, military and nuclear facilities and hostile reconnaissance often used by organised crime. To protect sensitive areas from these illicit activities, authorities are turning to ATDI to ensure their jammers and counter-drone activities are optimised to reduce the risks of incursions and threats in their airspace.

Counter-drones and jammers intercept unmanned aircraft or UAVs while in flight. Drone operators must calculate their network coverage and identify not-spots across their network to reduce the risk of lost comms. Operators undertake in-depth analysis to understand the signal strengths from the controller to the drone based on different elevations across the network. Termed a counter-drone efficiency analysis, this calculation provides the network coverage based on various height elevations or potential flight paths of the unauthorised UAV. These coverage calculations identify areas with poor signal coverage resulting from topography and building heights which could restrict the ability to block or jam signals.

Check out our latest webinar recording on Managing drones - modelling coverage, DF and jammers. This is Session 4 (1:31:00).

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