Virginia drone detection technology startup DroneShield has scored a contract with NATO to provide services to the Republic of Turkey’s Prime Ministry. DroneShield, which went public in Australia earlier this year, will provide a Turkish security agency with a network of the sensors it developed that can identify drones by sound from hundreds of yards away.
The system costs approximately $95,000 to deploy, and about $110,000 a year to maintain. It’s been used at the Boston Marathon and for various private and corporate clients, but prisons and law enforcement are particularly keen in DroneShield’s tech. Several prisons overseas, mostly in Asia, already have the setup installed and pilot programs are being run for some prisons in the U.S. As the potential danger of drone attacks becomes more apparent, systems like DroneShield are likely to get plenty of business.
The release of DroneShield’s new DroneGun jammer will also help in that regard. The DroneGun, which looks like a kind of rifle, jams signals to a drone and forces it to either land immediately or return to its launch point. Either way, it shuts off video transmission to any pilot and can be used to track whoever launched it, ending the threat without destroying the evidence. Expect to see a lot of them popping up at high security venues in the near future.