The civilian use of drones presents homeland security, critical national infrastructure and commercial industries with a myriad of safety and privacy challenges. However, while 2016 represents a landmark year for the introduction of many new regulatory frameworks across many countries, a huge number remain unclear or untested.
View this interactive map for the latest legal information from some of the world's key regions, as well as information on some of the latest drone incidents taking place in the civilian space.
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"Of those industries that are seen as particularly at-risk of unlawful drone use, 83% claim they require counter-drone solutions and are yet to fulfill this requirement..."
Estimated at around $127 billion, the 'drone revolution' is booming. But amongst the optimism is a creeping concern about the security and safety threat that this technology presents to critical national infrastructure, homeland security and a range of commercial sectors.
Defence IQ surveyed over 430 people with an interest in unmanned aerial vehicle/counter-drone technology developments. We asked them whether they believed the threat is really as serious as many suspect and if the commercial sector is ready for major security incidents resulting from drone-use. Download the infographic for the full results...
The purpose of this document is to briefly frame the challenges of detecting low, slow, and small (LSS) unmanned aerial systems (UAS).
As Defence IQ has recently reported, the rising number of criminal and negligent incidents involving civilian unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is pushing harder on the need for a greater awareness of the potential dangers to the public. However, in many cases, awareness is just not enough. The progress of UAS technology requires a tandem attention to the progress of counter-technology – effective and safe methods of neutralising these vehicles when they become a threat, particularly to vulnerable civil sites.
Much of this process is being made in the United States, where the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has, as of August 29, released a rule to allow for the use of small UAS within national airspace. To get a better perspective on how this technology is moving forward, we caught up with Andrew Lacher, UAS Integration Lead and Research Strategist at technology R&D centre the MITRE Corporation, ahead of his brief at the Countering Drones conference...
While this year’s Countering Drones forum will be providing a dedicated focus on the technologies and legal implications surrounding drone countermeasures for at-risk sites, it will also be offering scope on the efforts to raise public awareness on drone regulations so as to lessen the risk of negligent incidents. After all, massive financial and physical disruption can occur even when an operator is not actively trying to cause chaos, as some of these latest cases can attest.
In this exclusive article, Nathan Wall, Airside Safety Lead at Cork Airport and one of this year's speakers, explains how the NO DRONE ZONE campaign has launched and why it is so vital in preventing incidents around our airdromes...
The NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme remains of critical importance to the alliance and to the future shape of unmanned aviation in Europe. But the problems facing both the platform and the general sector aren’t quite as close to being solved as appearance suggests judging by reports from the rollout event for the first AGS airframe.
Infographic: Identifying the threat and countering it: Europe's drone conundrum - based on worldwide survey results
What is Europe’s view on the use of commercial drones in the civilian airspace? Other than the military applications such as surveillance and potential threat detection (chemical for instance), drones are increasingly being used in a broad range of activities including: imagery, environmental monitoring, agriculture, mapping, infrastructure inspection and emergency services. The sky will soon be buzzing and the concern now is to ensure civilian safety and security through technological and legislative means. We asked European drone experts from a broad range of industries to provide their insight on the increasing use of commercial drones and the issues this generates ahead of the first Countering Drones LIVEdemo conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
The increasing use of drones in the civil airspace poses not only a threat, but also creates new challenges for regulatory bodies across all member nations. How are they preparing to a market that is set to increase exponentially in the upcoming years? What measures are currently in place to accomodate drones in a sky full of manned aviation instruments? Ahead of the inaugural Countering LIVEdemo conference, we asked Mike Lissone, Agency RPAS manager at EUROCONTROL & Secretary General at Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) to give us his expert insight on these challenges.