OPINION: How the drone attack on the Venezuelan President could have been prevented

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The recent assassination attempt against the President of Venezuela has underlined the importance of drone detection systems.

News broke on Sunday that President Nicolás Maduro survived an assassination attempt involving explosive drones while speaking at a military event in Caracas.

According to the BBC, communications minister Jorge Rodriguez said two drones loaded with explosives went off near the president’s stand.

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Leeds-based drone specialist, Coptrz, DJI’s AeroScope, which is designed to identify drones which enter the protected airspace, is a suitable system for major events, and would have been a helpful addition to Sunday’s event.

Steve Coulson, managing director and founder of Coptrz commented: “This isn’t the first incident at an event to highlight the importance of drone detection. We need to take control of this now before it escalates out of control.

“The time to act is now before it’s too late and there is another major incident that results in loss of life. Drones are a majorly important part of our future, but we need to ensure they are kept under certain restraints. Drone detection is going to play a key part in event security moving forward.”

AeroScope can be deployed as a mobile solution which is suitable for contractors providing security for temporary public events such as music festivals or as a fixed solution which provides 24-hour protection for football stadiums and arenas.

The system has a range of up to 25 miles and can help identify rogue drone activity, relaying important information such as the direction of travel, airspeed, drone model serial number and even the location of the ground controller. This enables security or law enforcement to attend the location to warn the offender about unauthorised drone use.

 

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