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Drone detector demoed at London security show

4th March 2019
Mick Elliott

At the Security & Counter Terror Expo (SCTX) in London (March 5-6), visitors to the Rohde & Schwarz stand (F50) will be able to experience first-hand the latest security technologies that are available to detect and counter drone activity, and the new design personal security scanner for the detection of potentially dangerous items.

Gary Walker, UK and Ireland Government Account Manager, Rohde & Schwarz said, “Security for events and buildings such as government offices, concerts, football games and airports, is becoming increasingly challenging. The demos on our stand will address some of the latest challenges by providing fast, safe and user friendly technologies that ensure safety and security, and early warning of potential threats including drones. Visitors to the stand can see for themselves how efficient and unobtrusive the R&S QPS201 full body security scanner is, and sample the latest drone detection technology which could potentially prevent major incidents.”

The new R&S QPS201 security scanner can detect potentially dangerous items carried on the body or in clothing, including metal, ceramic, plastic and liquid. The design of the scanner ensures a short scan time with easy to hold body position and an open architecture that provides an unobtrusive environment for the individual whilst allowing staff an unobstructed view.

This also creates an accessible escape route in the case of an emergency, and easy wheelchair access.

Using millimetre-wave security, potentially dangerous items that have been located by the scan are displayed on a touchscreen and marked using a symbolic body graphic to protect the privacy of the individual.

As witnessed at Gatwick Airport in December last year, consumer drones can present a potential danger in many situations including air traffic, political gatherings and events.

Early warning is the key to countering such threats and the R&S ARDRONIS can detect radio control (RC) activity even before a drone takes off.

This automatic RC drone monitoring system secures a predefined airspace by specialising in detecting, classifying, direction finding, recording and disruption of the RC link to a drone.

Using highly sensitive antennas and monitoring receivers the R&S ARDRONIS detects activity and utilises an extensive library of profiles to classify the type of signal. 

The direction in which the drone is being remotely controlled is determined, allowing disruption of the RC link to prevent the drone reaching its target.

Displaying concise information with continuous updates on a map, a predefined list of contacts can be immediately notified of the potential threat, providing a reliable early warning detection within the coverage area.

The R&S ARDRONIS drone monitoring system helps businesses, government authorities and critical infrastructure to protect against drone misuse.

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