Aero India 2019: Drone deterrence tech draws crowd | Bengalu…

BENGALURU: With unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — or drones — increasingly coming under national security scrutiny, a drone deterrence system (DDS) technology displayed at the show has caught the attention of visitors. DDS is a technology that can jam a drone’s signal, cut of the controller’s ability to handle the device and disable its GPS.

“Globally, the demand for DDS is increasing,” said a representative of Mitsubishi Electric, the manufacturers. “Japanese police are already using this. We are in talks with the armed forces in India and are planning to demonstrate it for them.”

The representative said DDS comprises of an antenna unit, transmission receiver unit and control unit. “It can be placed at sensitive areas including airports and crowded areas and can neutralize a drone at a range of about 3km,” the representative said. “It can detect and track wireless signals between a drone and its controller.”

Experts say drones pose security hazards to aircrafts particularly at airports. The risk is higher than that of birds as UAVs can be used to carry cameras, weapons, toxic chemicals and explosives for terrorism, espionage and smuggling.

S Thomas Mathuram, business head of Chennai-based Data Patterns, which specializes in defence and aerospace, said: “Drones have emerged as a major security threat. The demand for solutions to tackle rogue drones is likely to increase over the next few years as many countries are using it for war purposes. We are working on solutions to tackle the threat.”

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