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Dedrone counter-drone technology achieves CPNI approval

Dedrone-CPNI-19The UK Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) has approved Dedrone Technology for sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial Systems) detection.

Dedrone has been awarded certification from the UK’s Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) for its counter-drone technology platform, DroneTracker. The system detects, tracks, and identifies drones by using multi-sensor capability combining RF, radar, and optical sensors.

CPNI focus

The focus of Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems has grown for the CPNI over the last few years, particularly since the events of Gatwick airport in 2018. While the department recognises the benefits drone technology brings, it notes that “operators may be unaware of the regulations around flying”, while “other actors may use them for more hostile purposes”, meaning it is vital that organisations undertake adequate measures to mitigate risks.

One of the roles of the CPNI involves testing and accreditation, in an effort to create and manage standards for C-UAS equipment. The new CPNI drone detection standard is the first official validation of counter-drone technology, highlights Dedrone. It enables organisations deemed to be of critical national importance to adopt drone detection technology with the assurance that it has been tested rigorously.

“Any organisation needing drone detection technology should consider platforms evaluated and tested by CPNI,” says Amit Samani, Dedrone’s Regional Sales Manager for the UK. “Dedrone’s DroneTracker platform has successfully met CPNI’s rigorous testing standards, and this certification provides further assurances to our customers and partners that our system meets the security needs of the UK’s most sensitive infrastructures. We will continue working closely with government sector users, risk-critical sites, and major corporate customers to provide the most robust available airspace security and defence against drones and multiple drones.”

Dedrone’s multi-sensor system is said to enable security providers to match the best-in-class sUAS detection hardware with DroneTracker, Dedrone’s software. Radio frequency sensors, including the RF-100 and RF-300, provide flightpath, localisation, and classification of sUAS. A PTZ camera system adds localisation information via optical and thermal detection, whilst a 3D radar system adds altitude data and detection of autonomous drones. Hardware data was analysed by DroneTracker 4.1, which is designed to provide a near-instantaneous decision regarding whether a drone is a threat, and allows security personnel to respond accordingly.

Supplied to customers from around the world, including three of the G7 countries, Dedrone creates customised airspace security solutions allowing organisations to identify, track, and eliminate sUAS threats.

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