AirWarden™ Drone Detection System

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Detects Drone and Controller

AirWarden™ is an advanced drone detection system that identifies and classifies Radio Frequency (RF) drone and controller signatures and uses these signals to locate both devices.

Urban Environment Performance

Many drone detection systems were developed, in remote areas, like the desert. This gave developers wide open areas to fly drones and test their system. The challenge is they’ve had limited experience in urban areas where buildings, cars, and other RF signals in the environment have a huge impact on the ability to detect drones and controllers.

AirWarden™ was developed in urban New Jersey. Moreover, it has undergone extensive testing at an NFL Stadium where ambient RF signals can increase by 50,000 times during pre-game tail gaiting. As a result the system provides reliable detection and a low false positive rate, even in the toughest, busiest urban environments.

Sends Alerts

When the system detects a drone or controller near your facility, it can alert security personnel via:

  • Command Console – A web based user interface that can run in a command center or be accessed remotely.
  • Email and Text – Security personnel can be sent alerts via email and text. Alerts can also be sent to local law enforcement for a coordinated response.

Detects Both Known and Unidentified Drones

AirWarden™ can detect any drone that emits an RF signal. This includes popular, ready-to-fly consumer drones, commercial drones, custom “kit” or Do It Yourself (DIY) drones and even a swarm of tiny micro-drones. Because the system uses the physical signature of a signal to identify drones, it can detect both known and unidentified drones. This means that it will detect new drones on the market even if the system’s ‘drone library’ has not been updated.

Fully Legal System

If an RF detection solution “decodes” or “demodulates” the signal to extract the drone type, GPS coordinates or the “Return to Launch” GPS coordinates, it violates U.S. Federal Wiretapping laws. The AirWarden™ system is a passive system that uses physical characteristics of the signal to detect and locate. This means it is fully legal, and will not be affected when drone manufacturers start to encrypt the signal between their drones and controllers. In addition, decoding and demodulating signals takes more time than physical signal analysis. This means systems using this method take longer to detect and locate a device.

Detects in all Weather Conditions

Because AirWarden™ uses the physical signals from drones to detect and locate, it can operate in all weather conditions. It is unaffected by lighting, sound, rain, clouds, fog, background clutter (like leaves or trash being blown about by the wind), or line of site making it suitable for air, ground, and marine UAV detection.

Detection Range

The system’s detection range is equal to the connection range between a drone and a controller. This means that if a drone and controller can connect up to 1 km apart, AirWarden™ can detect at 1 km or slightly more. If a drone and controller can connect at 5 km, AirWarden™ can detect at 5 km or slightly more.

However, it’s important to note that the connection range of a drone and controller can vary greatly. A drone and controller that can connect at 5 km in a desert environment may only be able to connect at, say, 1km in an urban environments. This is because RF signals behave very differently in built up environments. It also means the drone can’t fly as far away from the controller in urban areas.

System Integration

The AirWarden™ open architecture allows communication to/from other systems such as your organization’s existing alarm monitoring or reporting system.

Single Sensor Type

The AirWarden™ system uses only one type of sensor. This means it has:

  • Lower maintenance
  • Fewer sensors required
  • Less points of failure
  • More system redundancy

This results in a lower total cost of ownership.

Mobile Sensor Options

While the typical installation consists of four or more fixed sensors, AirWarden™ offers several mobile options:

  • Single Sensor Trailer – This can be used to detect and evaluate drone threats at a facility before installing a full system
  • Multi-Trailer Network – Several trailer-based sensors can be networked to provide both detection and location
  • Marine Vessel Sensor – This can act as a standalone sensor or join a network of fixed or mobile sensors on land.
  • Mobile Vehicle Sensor – This can act as a standalone sensor or join a network of fixed or mobile sensors, either land or marine based.

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