EXCLUSIVE: Fortem’s Tim Bean sheds light on protecting the world’s airspace

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Radar technology is the key to ensuring safe drone operations as UAVs become more prominent around the world, claims Fortem CEO.

Following the assignation attempt against the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, on Sunday, Tim Bean, the CEO of Fortem Technologies and expert on airspace safety and security relative to drones, provides insight into protecting the global airspace.

Threats drones present

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Drones present an imminent threat to sensitive ”no fly zones” not properly secured. The recent assassination attempt on President Maduro presents an unfortunate example of the potential harm that can be caused and the need for increased airspace awareness and security measures to be taken as it pertains to drones.

Because of the ubiquitous nature of drones and their wide accessibility, bad actors will continue to attempt nefarious actions using drones. The key to mitigating risk is the implementation of technology solutions that can detect and mitigate drone-related threats in real-time using distributed radar and counter-drone measures.

Current regulatory environment in the US and worldwide

Now, more than ever, there is a need for partnership between government and private sector technology leaders to put safeguards in place —”door locks” in the sky—to protect sensitive airspace from drone threats, especially “RF Dark” threats used by criminal actors.

Drones offer incredible opportunities in a myriad of industries, but in order for these benefits to be realised, airspace safety and security needs to be considered. This danger is not going away.

Radar vs. RF technology for drone surveillance

Most careless and clueless operators of drones can be jammed or sent home because they are admitting RF signals. However, most drones used by criminals or terrorists cannot be jammed because they are “RF dark,” and launched on a waypoint a long distance away from their target.

These must be detected with small portable radar and removed from the airspace at a safe standoff distance. An active, radar-based technology is key to stop criminal behaviour. RF listening is effective, but not sufficient.

What needs to happen to keep people safe in the drone world

The technology exists to proactively protect no-fly zones from terrorist threats, particularly threats that use autonomous drones that cannot be detected or stopped by RF listening devices or jammers.

Governments worldwide need to partner with companies with solutions already available within the private sector to deploy radar-based technologies to alleviate this threat moving forward.

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