BT introduces new system to help airports manage drone threats

11 September 2019 (Last Updated September 11th, 2019 10:31)

BT Group has introduced a new counter-drone solution to help airports and other organisations detect, track and identify illegal drones flying in their airspace and site limits.

BT introduces new system to help airports manage drone threats
BT launches new detection system to help airports deal with the rising threat of drones. BT.

BT Group has introduced a new counter-drone solution to help airports and other organisations detect, track and identify illegal drones flying in their airspace and site limits.

The new drone-detection system features multi-sensor detection technology, an enterprise-grade network and a real-time alert system.

Provided by BT’s Enterprise unit, the system will enable airports to decide whether the drone presents any security risks.

The system can monitor up to 5km of surroundings and offer 360° detection coverage. It collects, processes and reports drone related information to the organisation in real-time.

Upon identifying a drone that poses a threat to the airport, the system alerts the security team.

It also offers various countermeasures including fixed signal blockers, which can block drones up to 1.5km away, and portable disruptors to deter drones.

BT has teamed up with DroneShield to supply its drone detection system to organisations worldwide. However, all planning, design, installation, commissioning, operational support and maintenance will be provided by BT alone.

BT Strategy and Incubation director Simon Wingrove said: “Unwanted drone activity can have a dramatic effect on an organisation’s ability to function effectively and poses a real risk to safety.

“We believe that this partnership between BT and DroneShield will provide our customers with a best-in-class, integrated and secure drone detection solution.

“With BT’s world leading expertise in communications and networked IT services and DroneShield’s expertise in the counter-drone space, we are able to provide organisations with the security they need to detect and respond to unwanted drones before they become an issue.”

According to UK Airprox Board, drone related incidents have surged in the UK, with issues involving civil aircraft alone registering a 29% jump last year.

In January, the British Government was reported to be considering plans to deploy military-grade anti-drone equipment after an intrusion by illegal drones caused major disruptions at two of the busiest UK airports.

The proposed measures came after drone sightings at Gatwick Airport in December prompted the airport to halt operations for 36 hours, cancelling almost 1,000 flights.

Heathrow Airport was also forced to suspend operations for almost an hour in January after a drone entered its airspace.

The same month, Heathrow and Gatwick separately announced that they will acquire military-grade anti-drone equipment.