Drones are really awesome pieces of kit for professionals and hobbyists alike but there is no denying they can be a boon in certain instances.

To help organisations and property owners keep drones off of their property, Kaspersky has launched Antidrone.

Naturally this may not be a solution for everybody but for those it is for there some really cool tech contained in the solution that will appeal to any geek.

The primary module of Antidrone uses a combination of video cameras, radar, LIDAR and audio sensors. The hardware can be configured to a client’s specific needs but the crux of the system is that it allows Antidrone to track a drone and boot it from the sky.

“When a moving object is detected in the sky, its coordinates are transmitted to a dedicated server, which then sends them on to a special unit. In accordance with data from the primary detection module, this unit rotates towards the object, tracks it and then the camera zooms in on it. At the same time, a neural network, trained to identify drones among other moving items, analyses the object on the video. If it is distinguished as a drone, the server sends the command to the dedicated module to jam the communication between the device and its controller,” explains Kaspersky.

Anybody worried about this damaging their drone should probably reconsider where they fly it but Kaspersky says the system doesn’t disable the drone but rather the connection between it and the controller. This should prompt the drone to either land or return to where it took off.

“Many members of Kaspersky Antidrone team, myself included, have long been drone pilots. Unmanned aircraft can sometimes pose real danger. For instance, I’ve witnessed some risky situations during public events. It clearly causes some doubt around the use of the technology. Unfortunately, as a drone pilot, you often don’t know which locations are prohibited, so when your drone is unexpectedly crushed or physically attacked with hostile protection measures, it is very frustrating. That’s why, during the development of our product, we took the interests of drone enthusiasts as well as safety requirements and concerns into account. This helped us develop a way to ensure drones do not enter prohibited areas, without damaging them,” project owner of Kaspersky Antidrone, Vladimir Turov, explained in a press release.

Antidrone can be used as a stand-alone solution within third-party hardware and it can be deployed as a mobile solution atop cars.

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