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Just Stating The Obvious: Tropical Storm Harvey Is A No Fly Zone (TFR)

Tropical Storm Harvey, Credit: NASA Tropical Storm Harvey (or Hurricane Harvey, which rolls off the tongue better) hit us and it hit us hard. Many people were under prepared, if prepared at all, and the worst part is that it isn't over. From reading on-line, it's clear, that even in the inclement weather, [...]

By |2017-10-04T13:01:49-08:00August 29th, 2017|Drones, First Responder, Homeland Security, Police, Search and Rescue|Comments Off on Just Stating The Obvious: Tropical Storm Harvey Is A No Fly Zone (TFR)

Can the “Seidarm” Surveillance Technology be a Virtual Border Wall?

When Trump imagines his border wall between the United States and Mexico, I'm pretty sure his mental image doesn't match Glenn Spencer's. That's because Spencer, president of Border Technology Inc., has a mental image of a virtual wall comprised of buried sensors and drones. Spencer call's his virtual wall technology "seidarm." Spencer is the president of [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:34-08:00April 17th, 2017|Drone Startups, Drone Technology, Drones, Homeland Security|Comments Off on Can the “Seidarm” Surveillance Technology be a Virtual Border Wall?

DJI Proposes New Invisible “License Plate” for all Drones

As useful and entertaining as drones are, it's important to recognize the potential risks of the technology. Drones can cause havoc in restricted airspace such as at airports or endanger first responders dealing with emergencies such as wildfires. Historically, it's often been difficult to track a drone back to its operator, but DJI would like [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:40-08:00March 31st, 2017|Drone Law, Drones, Fire Department, First Responder, Homeland Security, Police|Comments Off on DJI Proposes New Invisible “License Plate” for all Drones

$40 Hack Takes Down $30,000 First Responder Drone

First responders should be paying particular attention to this story. Mr. Nils Rodday, a security researcher recently announced a method for hacking a $30,000 drone designed to be used by police and firefighters. That's bad news. The fact that Mr. Rodday's hack works from up to a mile away and requires just about $40 worth [...]

By |2016-03-16T22:18:12-08:00March 25th, 2016|Anti-drone Technology, Drones, Fire Department, First Responder, Homeland Security, Police|Comments Off on $40 Hack Takes Down $30,000 First Responder Drone

Combating Nefarious Drone Use

I try to avoid publicizing stories that can cast the drone industry in a negative light because there is already enough material out there. Instead, I focus on discussing the positive aspects drones have. However, I wanted to share this article because it discusses a very important topic - the potential for misuse that drones [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:04-08:00December 3rd, 2015|Drone Technology, Drones, Homeland Security|Comments Off on Combating Nefarious Drone Use

Falcon Shield, An Anti-Drone Defense Technology from Selex ES

Selex ES, a United Kingdom based defense firm unveiled their new anti-drone technology. Their new proprietary technology, which is very understandably hush hush, somehow "auto-magically" identifies, and then allows remote control take over control rogue drones, even mini and micro drones. UK defense firm Selex ES on Tuesday unveiled an electromagnetic shield designed to defeat commercial drones. [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:17-08:00September 30th, 2015|Drone Technology, Drones, Homeland Security, Military|Comments Off on Falcon Shield, An Anti-Drone Defense Technology from Selex ES

Homeland Security Drone Testing Comes With A Sense Of Humor

Department of Homeland Security, DonkeyHotey June 2, 2011 Alissa Walker, a journalist at Gizmodo, wrote an article "Welcome to the Fake City Where Homeland Security Tests Its Drones," where she asks the question "Does Homeland Security have a sense of humor?" Homeland Security’s Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety (RAPS) program apparently does. Not [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:57-08:00June 24th, 2015|Drones, Homeland Security|Comments Off on Homeland Security Drone Testing Comes With A Sense Of Humor