Australian counter-drone firm DroneShield has inked a deal with the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate to research drone detection mitigation technology.
Deploying its DroneSentry and DroneSentry-C2 systems, the project will leverage RF, radar, infrared and acoustic sensors to help detect, classify, identify and track rogue drones.
DroneSentry is a modular system that uses artificial intelligence-based RF detection, long-range sensing and expanded multi-sensor data fusion capabilities while DroneSentry-C2 provides end users with what a DroneShield spokesperson calls “an interoperable common operating picture for the counter-UAS mission.”
DroneSentry-C2 pairs sensor tech from DroneSentry with an intuitive enterprise level visual platform that “enables users to easily deploy a complete detection and threat assessment capability of [drones] for their critical infrastructure and base protection needs.”
“We are excited to work closely with DHS S&T under this cooperative agreement to support end users throughout their agency and sub-agency partners,” CEO Oleg Vornik said. “Our DroneSentry solution is at the forefront of fixed-site counter-UAS and partnerships like this one allow us to make further advancements that are most relevant to the end users and mission we serve.”
In addition to its cooperative agreement with DHS, DroneShield recently announced DroneSentry-C2’s U.S. military standard compliant version of the software platform. DroneSentry also supported a recent U.S. Army “Defense in Depth Exercise” along with DroneShield’s dismounted and mounted C-sUAS solutions.
The agreement signals the Australian company’s continued American market growth. Recently, DroneShield partnered with visual sensor company Trakka Systems to produce an enhanced drone detection product known as TIPS-C. Mounted on a mobile platform, TIPS-C provides a covert counter-drone solution for early detection and neutralization of rogue drones.
“The TIPS-C utilizes and enhances Trakka’s TrakkaCam and DroneShield’s RadarZero sensors and DroneOptID optical AI/ML software, effectively combined to create an exceptional joint-capability drone detection and tracking system, with slew-to-cue camera operations for visual threat assessment and video evidence recording,” a company release states.
In January, Trakka Systems and DroneShield executives met with the Tampa Police Department Special Operations Division’s Chief Pilot, five members of the TPD Special Ops Groups and a technical liaison to the FBI to demonstrate TIPS-C at the Tampa Police Training Facility.