Drone/UAV Detection and Tracking

Drone/UAV Detection and Tracking

  • Over the past fifteen years, the popularity and accessibility of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, commonly known as drones, for commercial or recreational use have seriously surged. With Spynel’s infrared thermal imaging technology, it is impossible for a UAV to be stealthy.

    By 2020, the Federal Aviation Administration (FFA) expects the number of UAVs flying in the US to be as many as 30,000. This figure is disturbing given the recent number of incidents involving UAVs flying over or landing on critical infrastructures all over the world – the White House, the Prime Minister of Japan’s office, the Golden Gate Bridge, nuclear sites in France, prison facilities, etc. Acoustic sensors or radars fail in detecting the low speed and low electromagnetic signature of small UAVs, making more modern technologies such as infrared technology the best option to prevent these new threats from harming people or destroying critical infrastructures.


Detecting drones: a real challenge

  • UAVs’ small size and low electromagnetic signature go unregistered by traditional detection measures (radars)
  • Obtaining a drone is now possible for anybody, at a low cost
  • Paraplanes, (used to smuggle drugs over the US Southern border) are hard to spot and can carry hundreds of pounds of payload
  • Traditional detection measures are more susceptible to weather conditions

The Infrared Solution to detect & track UAVs:

With Spynel’s thermal imaging technology, it is impossible for a drone to go unnoticed: any object, hot or cold will be detected by the 360° thermal sensor, day and night. Working in tandem with the Cyclope intrusion detection software, Spynel tracks an unlimited number of targets (either airborne, terrestrial or maritime threats) to ensure that no event is missed over a long-range, wide area surrounding. Basic classification of targets (ground or airborne) is based on elevation calibration and all air targets are represented by a small plane icon. Thermal imaging allows for day and night surveillance, but also guarantees the ability to view any object, even deemed as stealth, whether it is hot or cold.

3 Key Points

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Panoramic surveillance

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Detection of small drones/UAV with low electromagnetic signature

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Effective in all weather conditions

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