SafeSky Protects Against Drones at UEFA EURO U21 Football (Video)

UEFA EURO U21
SafeSky, being a modular, scalable and affordable multi-sensor counter-UAV system with true dome/umbrella like protection, has been deployed to protect UEFA EURO U21 football stadium in Gdynia against drones during the championship football matches 16-30 June 2017.

SafeSky is a unique, multi-sensor drone detection and tracking system that allows effective detection and neutralization of drones day and night in any weather conditions without blind zones providing true dome/umbrella like protection.

A combination of proprietary radar, acoustic, vision and RF sensors enables minimized alarm rates detection of small drones at a distance of at least 1000 m.

SafeSky has been recently deployed to protect UEFA EURO U21 football stadium in Gdynia against malevolent use of drones.

(Learn More about SafeSky system operation and commercial deployments, courtesy of SafeSky Drone Detection and Neutralization System and YouTube)

It also already protects other installations as prisons, hotels, private properties, manufacturing companies and some governmental installations.

What makes SafeSky unique is a combination of four different sensors based on proprietary technologies and developed specifically to detect and identify drones.

SafeSky – Modular Multi-sensor Counter-UAV System

Radars, being the primary sensor, are based on proprietary space technology – developed within numerous projects of the company with European Space Agency.

Furthermore, radar sensors are miniaturized and low power, while intelligent signal processing allows to differentiate drones from birds for minimized alarm rates.

Acoustic array conducts beam forming in space detecting direction of sound sources.

Special machine learning algorithms allow to identify drones from among other potential sound sources, ignoring background noise.

SafeSky provides true dome/umbrella like protection without blind zones
due to multi-sensor and modular design

Vision camera employs dedicated image processing algorithms that detect, identify and track drones.

Radars allow to point the PTZ camera into the right portion of space so that visual domain identification is possible and effective.

RF sensor captures transmissions between the drone and its operator. It allows users to identify drone type.

If a number of RF sensors is deployed in a given site, drone operator can be localized and his/her position indicated.

(SafeSky was deployed to protect championship matches of the UEFA EURO U21 in Gdynia, Poland, 16-30.06.2017. No drone was allowed into a protected zone around the stadium. Courtesy of the company and YouTube)

All SafeSky sensors data is fused and result is presented in an integrated software environment. No drone zones are easily defined.

Alarms are issued via sms, email and in graphical and sound form when drone approaches protected zone.

SafeSky application is web based and can be run both on desktop computers and tablets for untethered operation.

On the neutralization side, SafeSky employs a layered approach.

Brute force directive jammers are employed and/or drone hacking.

Which countermeasures are used depends primarily on the legal context – jammers cannot be legally used in many places.

Applied countermeasures force drone to return to its operator or make drone land safely in a controlled manner.

Software

APS - Advanced Protection Systems, ORION drone detection system

A dedicated, web-based application has been developed that is friendly to use and allows authorized access for a defined group of users, both from a PC, laptop or a tablet.

It provides the following features:

  • Monitoring defined airspace
  • Definition of the protected area
  • Easy deployment of a number of sensors
  • Radar, acoustic and camera sensors integration
  • Visualizing the scene on maps and Google maps
  • Tracking multiple targets
  • Archiving incident data
  • Sms, email and system alerts
  • Easy interfacing to common security systems
APS - Advanced Protection Systems, ORION drone detection system

SafeSky, produced by Advanced Protection Systems, is modular and scalable.

A different configuration of sensors can be applied, either on a single mast for stationary deployment or on a tripod for increased mobility.

Radars come in different form, with different coverage angles, output powers and operating frequencies to optimally serve different clients.

If a really large area needs to be protected, e.g an airport, a number of SafeSky units can be easily connected – it is a scalable design.