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Security Technology: Exploring the FAA’s Use of Drones

Security Technology: Exploring the FAA's Use of Drones

While unauthorized drones can cause problems for airports – from interfering with flight paths to presenting security risks, they can have a positive impact as well. They give airlines the ability to visualize the entire aircraft, detect the presence of animals, and can report unauthorized personnel or drones. Now, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced plans to test the use of drones in airports. The first tests are expected to take place in Atlanta, GA, before the end of 2020.

The agency has issued a call for whitepapers from vendors who would like their products or technology considered for testing. The FAA will be evaluating at least ten technologies that will primarily be used to detect unauthorized drones in or around airports and the surrounding airspace. The agency will be seeking to test particularly Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) with a reliable range of at least five miles.

The FAA’s Airport Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Detection and Mitigation Research Program. The organization is likely looking to test technologies to address the risk presented by unauthorized UASs that could interfere with aircraft in and around airports. Ultimately these UAS would be deployed to detect hostile or accidental incursion by unauthorized unmanned devices to prevent them from interfering with air traffic, operations, or navigation.

Drone technology is growing in popularity and becoming more advanced. As such, the FAA must take a proactive approach to address possible interference by identifying cutting edge technology and deploying it where it is needed most.

This is just one more example of the importance of keeping up with the latest advances in security technology. Drones have been begun to be used in some commercial security applications and it’s only a matter of time before they become more commonplace. Unmanned aircraft can often be deployed in situations where it would be difficult or dangerous to send a security guard.


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