The DroneCannon is an array of signal-jamming devices that builds upon the company’s existing point-and-shoot technology, the DroneGun. Appearing like some kind of space-age energy weapon, the DroneGun has a range of 2 kilometers, according to the company. The DroneCannon basically clusters several DroneGun units together, then patches them into the DroneSentinel detection system.
“DroneSentry has the same configurations available as DroneSentinel but adds the jamming capabilities,” said company sales representative James White. “The DroneCannon can be automated or can be configured to fire manually. But it does not traverse like a turret would. Rather, a set number of DroneCannons are used based on how much coverage is needed.”
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Each DroneCannon covers a 90-degree area, so four DroneCannons cover 360 degrees, White said. Specifics on how the technology works are under wraps, but essentially the device jams all incoming and outgoing radio frequency signals, including GPS and video feeds.
“Once the drone loses signal it will revert to its programming and perform whatever the protocol for that drone is,” White said. “If it is just the radio frequency signal that is jammed then most of the time the drone will return to where it was launched. If the GPS signal is jammed then most drones will land on the spot in a controlled manner.”
The company has been selling individual DroneGuns for about six months for government and military use. The company plans to start selling the new integrated DroneSentry later this year, but again their customer base will be limited — in the US, anyway.
“DroneSentry is primarily oriented towards users who can jam — military and federal agencies,” Vornik said.
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The cost of a DroneSentry system ranges from the low 100 thousands up to over $1 million.
It’s a serious price tag, but White said there are still plenty of potential customers, including military bases both at home and abroad, border patrol agencies, jails and prisons, airports, embassies, and ship security. The system could also be sold overseas or even out at sea — one potential market is VIPs looking for drone security on yachts and other big ships.
In any case, the detection-only version of the technology — the DroneSentinel — can be purchased by anyone who wants to detect and track drones over a given piece of real estate. You just don’t get the jammer capabilities. How you handle the drone situation after that is entirely up you. Some law enforcement agencies are already thinking outside the box on this matter. In Europe, local police groups are training eagles and other avian raptors to attack drones on command.