Anti-drone radar protects presidential debate

Friday October 21, 2016
The U.S. presidential debate on Oct. 19 in Las Vegas, NV, was the first such debate monitored not only for ground threats but also aerial threats, by using SpotterRF’s new A2000 CSR created especially for monitoring low-flying UAVs (drones). The U.S. Department of Homeland Security deems presidential debates to be National Special Security Events (NSSE), as they may be a potential target for terrorism or other criminal activity.

SpotterRF collaborated with Milestone Systems and the NMS SpotterXP plugin to secure both air and ground perimeter at the presidential debate.

Working closely with Las Vegas public safety authorities, venue security and federal agencies, the security solution teaming Milestone Systems, NMS and SpotterRF was tasked with threat detection and rapid response law enforcement communications. Milestone Systems’ video management software, a solution favored by many law enforcement officials, has been successfully deployed during previous presidential debates in 2012 and 2016. SpotterRF radar supported the latest implementation in Las Vegas with the SpotterXP plugin to provide all-weather surveillance over wider areas.

“SpotterRF radar helped provide all-weather, day/night surveillance at great distances, over a wide areas and in the air,” states Reinier Tuinzing, strategic alliances manager, Americas, for Milestone Systems. “The integration of our IP video management software and compact Spotter radar device provides a wide defense dome around and above the protected venue.”

SpotterRF’s A2000 is a compact surveillance radar (CSR) system specifically designed for drone detection-and-defeat applications. The A2000 is able to detect small quadcopters at a range of 1,000 meters – the longest range of any other SpotterRF model for that size of target. It is specifically tested in conjunction with drone deterrence technology to provide early detection, tracking and interdiction against drones threatening critical infrastructure such as power plants, substations, bridges, small airports, dams, stadiums and first-responder environments requiring firefighting or law enforcement.

“The successful deployment of this solution recognizes the potential of combining the power of Spotter radar with Milestone’s advanced video surveillance,” states Logan Harris, CEO for SpotterRF. “The rapid adoption of low-flying aerial drones has increased the burgeoning threats that can endanger people, first responders, and vital infrastructure currently wide open to terrorist and other serious attacks.”

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