Radio-controlled microdrones repeatedly violate the privacy of people and the boundaries of protected areas. The drivers of the drones are not always ignorant individuals, and the transgressions not always harmless. Companies fear industrial espionage. The flying objects can interfere with the safe handling of air traffic at airports. At major events, drones pose a security risk.
The R&S ARDRONIS radiomonitoring solution, will allow authorized law enforcement agencies to locate the operator of a remote controlled microdrone and intervene in time.
Remote controls for microdrones usually operate in the 2.4 GHz or 5.8 GHz ISM band, but also in other frequency bands e.g. 433 MHz or 4.3 GHz. The R&S ARDRONIS solution monitors the signals in the relevant frequency bands. It has an extensive library of drone control signal profiles in order to detect and classify these types of signals. R&S ARDRONIS reliably and automatically detects the remote control of a commercial microdrone within a 1 km radius.
R&S ARDRONIS can additionally be equipped with a DF function. The direction information obtained can be used to find the person with the remote control. If the drone transmits a video downlink, this signal will also be located. The information is clearly displayed on a map.
Other options are available for R&S ARDRONIS which, for example, purposefully interrupt drone control signals to prevent the drone from performing a safety-critical maneuver. Only the signals for controlling the drones are disturbed. Other signals in the environment are not affected.
For the G7 summit held at Elmau Castle in June 2015 and at Herrenhausen Castle when the President of the United States was in Germany for the Hanover Trade Fair, the underlying R&S ARDRONIS technologies were used to secure the sites from unauthorized, remote-controlled drones. Thanks to the development of a simplified operating concept, R&S ARDRONIS is now available for a wide range of users.
Rohde & Schwarz is presenting R&S ARDRONIS at GPEC 2016, the international exhibition and conference for police and special equipment, taking place in Leipzig, Germany, from June 7 to 9, 2016.
The Rohde & Schwarz electronics group offers innovative solutions in the following business fields: test and measurement, broadcast and media, cybersecurity, secure communications, radiomonitoring and radiolocation.
Founded more than 80 years ago, this independent company has an extensive sales and service network and is present in more than 70 countries. The electronics group is among the world market leaders in its established business fields.
On June 30, 2015, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 9900 employees. The group achieved a net revenue of EUR 1.83 billion in the 2014/2015 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and also has strong regional hubs in Asia and the USA.