Drone Detection FAQ’s
Can your system detect do-it-yourself (DIY) or custom drones?
Most DIY and custom drones use commercially available components (motors, propellers, etc). Thus, even though the drone itself is considered custom or DIY, the acoustic and radio frequency emissions will be similar to commercially-available drones and be detectable by the our system.
What is the likelihood of false alarms due to commercial planes, birds or other airborne objects?
airborne objects are not usually an issue. The detection system database is regularly updated to include the latest drone signatures which helps it distinguish drones from other airborne objects.
Are there any active emissions from your system, for example IR or optical laser, high intensity thermal or radio frequency?
There are no active emissions at all, the detection system is completely passive.
How do I receive alerts?
Integrating with existing security systems is the best way to receive alerts; this can be accomplished either through dry contact relays or XML/JSON protocols for IP-based systems. Other alert paths include SMS and email when the system is connected to the internet.
Once detected, how often are alerts sent?
This is a user-configured parameter where alerts are sent periodically as long as the drone is detected.
Can the system disable the drone that is approaching?
Our detection sensors act as an alert system. The user is able to integrate the system with protocols as appropriate to their situation. Our specialist Counter Terrorism Unit can provide the appropriate advice and recommendations for implementing the correct security protocols and procedures. Our Cyber Security/technology arm are able to affect and take control of drones and land them at a designated safety area without the use of jamming equipment which is illegal in the UK.
What information is required to be able to establish a proposed architecture and price a system?
We advise all our clients for an initial Data intelligence gathering exercise to establish the level of threat and then advise appropriately regarding next steps. A minimum of 30days, for collecting data points, is recommended for this window of activity. Upon completion we will construct a preliminary report of findings and advise accordingly regarding recommendations for installation as there are a number of options going forward such as:
- Ability to detect Drone flights occurring
- Ability to identify Drone flights occurring and record flight paths
- Ability to identify, track and record on CCTV
- Ability to identify Drone Operator location and Drone flight paths
For an exact quote, we will need property plans and dimensions of buildings, perimeters, and existing infrastructure. Google Maps is generally sufficient for an approximate quote. Our Engineers will need cable installation information such as existing cable runs, location of server room, security room, existing power spots, etc.
I would like to install your system, what are next steps?
Once we understand your initial requirements EGS can develop an estimate based on the location points of the sensors on your site. This may use Google Maps and/or any other maps you provide. The cost of this estimate would depend on the scale and complexity of your site. Following the estimate, the next step is installation of the sensors by our engineers.