Mobile Unit Tracks Drone Traffic

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A mobile system developed by Gryphon Sensors, a company based in New York, “sets a new standard in drone security,” according to a news release today from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office. The system, called “Mobile Skylight,” features an array of self-contained multispectral sensors that provide three-dimensional detection of low-flying, small UAS at a distance of 6 miles. The system is contained in a rugged off-road-capable van, providing a mobile command center capable of rapid deployment for a wide range of applications, such as stadium monitoring, special event and airport security, search and rescue operations and utility inspection. It’s the first unit of its kind in the nation, according to the governor’s office, which has invested $35 million in the project.

The low-power radar system was designed specifically for precision detection of low-flying small drones, says the company. Broadband, passive spectrum RF monitoring is used to confirm target types, and high-resolution optical tracking cameras provide clear imagery. The system also receives ADS-B data, and has built-in target tracking and classification that can quickly identify targets. It can track hundreds of targets simultaneously, and works in all weather systems and terrain, the company says.

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