Stadium Drone Detection

Stadium Security Risks

Outdoor stadium security teams have an enormous responsibility. They need to protect tens of thousands of guests and prevent disruption to stadium events. The rise of drones presents new challenges. From fans taking selfies in the parking lot, or illegally filming events, to activists dropping leaflets over stadium seats.

Timeline

But drone detection at stadiums, like any urban environment, can be difficult. It’s cluttered. Other moving objects, like birds and trash being carried on a breeze, make radar ineffective. And the amount of radio frequency background noise can be intense. There are signals from cell phones, wireless networks, metal detectors, dashcams, and during NFL tail gaiting, even WiFi enabled grills. Which makes it hard to isolate drone signals. And the many obstacles (like cars and busses in a parking lot) change the behavior of drone signals and make it particularly difficult to detect and locate the pilot.

What’s more, most drone detection systems were developed in wide open spaces, like the desert. They weren’t designed to detect drones and controllers in a busy urban environment

The Solution

AeroDefense’s counter-UAS solution, AirWarden™, detects and locates both drones and controllers. And because it was developed in New Jersey, it’s designed to filter out other signals in the environment, so it can detect and locate, even in urban areas. Once located, the system sends alerts to the security personnel via command console, text or email.

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