Crime

WhiteFox secures intellectual property to advance drone security work

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WhiteFox has acquired the assets and key personnel of an East Coast headquartered company. The acquisition means WhiteFox can expand product lines and says it could also ensure continued technological leadership in the drone security industry. Luke Fox, founder and CEO of WhiteFox, said: “This acquisition is a significant leap forward for WhiteFox, and cements our position as the global leader in airspace security. Our mission is to ensure drones will enhance our quality of life, by providing an ecosystem in which drones can be securely operated, detected, identified and, if necessary, mitigated.” The move is the latest in a
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Five country security summit calls for tech companies to prioritise public protection

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Tech companies have been advised to prioritise the protection of their users and the wider public when designing services, the UK and international security partners have warned. In a meeting which focused on ‘emerging threats’, a theme which included drones as a category, senior ministers from the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States reaffirmed their commitment to work together with industry to tackle a range of security threats. Newly-appointed home secretary Priti Patel joined the other representatives at the 2-day summit, known as the Five Country Ministerial. In a statement released on the Government’s website, the Home
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Extinction Rebellion calls off planned Heathrow drone protest

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Extinction Rebellion has confirmed it will not be carrying out drone or any other disruptive action at Heathrow Airport in June or July this year. In response to media scrutiny, the group released a statement saying it would not be causing any disruption to holidaymakers and those planning to use the airport over that period of time meaning the authorities would not have to pause any summer flights. Commenting on reports of the proposed disruption, the group stated: “Fear and apprehension have swirled around this action since an internal proposal was leaked to media. The subsequent accusation that Extinction Rebellion
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France considers night drones to help authorities tackle border crime 

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France is considering the use of drones at night to tackle organised crime gangs running people-smuggling operations. The drones would be deployed to patrol the French northern coast to fight against the illegal operations using small boast. According to The National, the news comes after home secretary and prime ministerial hopeful Sajid Javid spoke with French minister of interior Christophe Castaner on Friday. 74 migrants on eight boats were reportedly intercepted by authorities the previous weekend which sparked the demands for action from within his party. Mr Javid commented: “The suggestion from Minister Castaner to mobilise additional coastal patrols and
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International ports to deploy drones to sniff out pollution rule breakers

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Ports around the world are looking at implementing drones to detect vessels breaking pollution levels. According to a report from Bloomberg, the Netherlands is currently preparing to use a large UAV to detect emissions from ships. In Hong Kong, where rule breakers face large fines and up to six months in prison, similar but smaller drones are being tested for the same purpose. The Bloomberg report goes on to detail how maritime authorities in Denmark and Norway have also already started using the technology. Authorities can use drones to filter through the ships coming in and out of their ports
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