UAVs at the White House: An Infrared Solution to Detect Potentially Dangerous Drones

01/30/2015 06:41 pm

With Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) being able to penetrate our countries most vital and secured sites such as the white house; it's time to step up security. Electro Optical Industries offers wide area surveillance systems which can detect even the smallest UAS, in any situation. 

In the latest string of White House security breaches, on Monday of this week, a “quadcopter” or 4-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle flew over and then crash-landed on the south grounds of the White House without triggering any security alarms. In fact, the UAV managed to stealthily fly unnoticed by any system in place and wasn’t detected until a Secret Service agent spotted it before hurtling to the ground, prompting a lockdown before the area could be deemed safe.   

This incident is an all too common occurrence lately with UAVs gaining strength in popularity and accessibility and they pose a number of unique challenges for security officials as they are undetected by radar due to their size and lack electronic transmitters which would determine their location.  When traditional security measures such as these fail unconventional methods used by the military can step up to the challenge.  

The Spynel cameras from Electro Optical Industries are specially equipped to detect these type of threats using high-resolution infrared thermal imaging technology that can pick up low heat deltas between ambient temperatures and the electric engine UAVs, as well as low speed flying objects. Spynel’s constantly moving, 360 degree camera head takes a panoramic image of an entire wide area and built-in advanced algorithms can automatically detect and track an unlimited number of air, land and maritime targets including large thermal engine UAVs up to 11 km away.  Unlike radars, Spynel are also completely passive . Spynel systems have been deployed in Afghanistan for forward operating base protection and are mature Commercial off-the-shelf systems that were developed more than 10 years ago  

Security measures especially around our nation’s historic landmarks such as the White House, critical infrastructures like nuclear plants or high-traffic areas at airports and ports now need to consider most cutting edge solutions in order to detect highly challenging threats such as small UAVs early on before irreversible damage to structures or people is done.