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Embry-Riddle start-up develops technology that safely disables rogue drones


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: May 22nd, 2019

A spinoff from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL, is commercializing a technology that detects and commandeers unauthorized drones.

Drone Defense Systems is based on the research of Embry-Riddle faculty member Houbing Song. The start-up aims to provide a safe, affordable way to neutralize rogue drones without having to shoot them down or force them into a hazardous crash landing.

The technology uses pattern-recognition techniques to detect and intercept a drone’s channel. To deter the drone, the device can either trigger its pre-determined return flight or trick it into leaving the area.

“Reports of drone sightings from pilots, citizens and law enforcement have increased significantly over the past few years,” says Song. “The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration currently received more than 100 such reports each month. The goal of our technology is to counter unauthorized drones effectively, while ensuring low collateral damage and low cost per engagement.”

Drone Defense Systems has received exclusive rights from Embry-Riddle to commercialize the technology. The start-up will work with Song and the university to refine the concept, build a prototype, and pursue related products.

“When people work together and put their heads together, great things can happen,” says George Kaminis, an alumnus of Embry-Riddle and CEO of Drone Defense Systems. “We’re going to make history for Embry-Riddle.”

Source: Florida Trend

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