The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) used a sophisticated system of automated sensors and networked software to detect and identify potential drone threats during the final presidential debate, held Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), according to San Francisco-based Dedrone.
For the debate, the LVMPD integrated a complete drone-detection and counter-drone solution from Dedrone with its own security measures.
“Even though Las Vegas has hosted heads of state and presidents, the presidential debate, coupled with the large crowd that it drew, posed a unique set of risks,” explains Tom Roberts, the LVMPD’s assistant sheriff. “We were able to seamlessly integrate the tracker into our safety plan. Having technology that will protect us from the air and provide real-time information was a huge advantage to having a safe and uneventful evening.”
Automated monitoring of the airspace above the university was provided by Dedrone and its partner, AirVu. Together, they deployed a network of multi-sensor DroneTrackers to detect and identify drone incursions in a radius of several hundred meters from the debate location. The radius extended beyond the campus perimeter.
According to Dedrone, the DroneTracker system can recognize approaching drones by using arrays of visual, acoustic and radio frequency sensors and then report results to the LVMPD’s operations security center.
Dedrone says all drone sightings were reported to the LVMPD in real time. This included video footage and information such a drone type, position and flight path, available via command to other security agencies, including the FBI and Secret Service.
“Protecting the public from malicious drones is increasingly on the agenda of today’s security agencies,” says Dedrone’s CEO, Jörg Lamprecht. “Millions of drones are sold each year. Cheaper drones are easily purchased by enthusiasts and photographers, but the technology has been used by militant groups, as well. Airspace security is now as vital as security on the ground. We are very proud that our technology was selected to protect such a high-level national event and that we were able to contribute to a successful outcome.”