The UK Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) has approved counter-drone technology developed by Dedrone.

The technology platform, DroneTracker, uses multi-sensor capability to detect, identify and track drones.

As the first official validation of counter-drone technology, CPNI’s drone detection standard is expected to help national organisations use drone detection technology that has been thoroughly tested.

Using DroneTracker, security providers can connect small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) detection hardware.

Radio frequency sensors such as RF-100 and RF-300 deliver flightpath, localisation and classification of sUAS.

The PTZ camera system helps access localisation information using optical and thermal detection, while the 3D radar system provides altitude data and identifies autonomous drones.

DroneTracker 4.1 analyses the hardware and provides information about whether the drone poses a threat, helping security providers to act accordingly.

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Dedrone UK regional sales manager Amit Samani said: “Any organisation needing drone detection technology should consider platforms evaluated and tested by CPNI.

“Dedrone’s DroneTracker platform has successfully met CPNI’s rigorous testing standards, and this certification provides further assurances to our customers and partners that our system meets the security needs of the UK’s most sensitive infrastructures.

“We will continue working closely with government sector users, risk-critical sites and major corporate customers to provide the most robust available airspace security and defense against drones and multiple drones.”

In September, two flights were diverted to nearby airports due to suspected drone activity in the surroundings of Dubai International Airport. Similar drone activity occurred at Dubai Airport in February.

Heathrow Airport also had to temporarily halt all departing flights in January after a drone was spotted flying near the airfield.

London’s Gatwick Airport closed for approximately 36 hours last December due to threats posed by illegal drones flying near its runway.