How Signal Scrambling Technology Freezes Commercial Drones in Midair
Drones are increasingly being used outside of military applications. They assist farmers with crops, fight crime and deliver aid to remote areas. But as commercial drones become more available online and in hobby shops fairly cheaply, it is no surprise that technologies are being created to prevent drones from straying into areas where they shouldn’t be.
Anti-Drone Technologies: CLWS & AUDS
Current Anti-Drone Technologies that are being developed are the Compact Laser Weapons System (CLWS) and the Anti-UAV Defense System (AUDS). CLWS is marketed for military and combat use, while AUDS would not look out of place in a suburban backyard. AUDS takes advantage of the way drone operators communicate with their devices, radio waves, and use directional antennas to send radio signals that interfere with the operator’s signals and then freezes the aircraft in midair. The article mentioned previously does not specify the range of the radio waves, and also does not talk about the practicality of the technology for non-military applications. However, companies like DroneShield have created technology that uses a network of sensors that sense drones coming in, and alert customers to their presence via text message or email.
Considerations for Future Drone Detection
Can AUDs and DroneShield Early Warning System be combined to create a safe non-military application? One that would be able to do the following:
- Detect the presence of commercial drones close to airports and military installations
- Warn the airports, and then
- Be able to divert the drones (not freeze them) away from the dangerous location?
Can this be done in a timely manner, and in such a way that the technology will be commercially available in the near future? Right now, AUDS is in an experimental stage in the United Kingdom, United States, and France.
The Takeaway: Drone Detection Provides Air Safety
Such a technology that’s made commercially viable and in a manner described above would make the airfield a little safer. It would also allow commercial drone operators to continue to use the drones while ensuring that all rules and regulations are followed.