Superyacht drone threat detector launched
To combat an emerging threat to the superyacht fraternity, Martek Marine has developed the D-FENCE superyacht drone detection and defeat system.
The product detects and identifies commercial drones within a 20+km range, providing GPS positioning of both drone and pilot together with the drone’s speed and heading. Configurable and escalating stage alarms in real time allow the threat level to be assessed in good time.
Once a real drone threat has been established, the system enables a 500m+ electronic ‘exclusion zone’ to be created around the yacht. Should the drone approach this exclusion zone, its control/video signal will be blocked, initiating its fail-safe mode forcing it to land or return to its operator.
“Drone technology offers some amazing opportunities within the luxury yacht sector but as ever, ‘bad actors’ will seek to use the technology for nefarious purposes,” explained Martek CEO Paul Luen “The development of D-FENCE is a major breakthrough to help mitigate such threats and protect luxury yachts and their esteemed clientele.”
And he explained that recent years have seen a massive advance in drone endurance, range and payload capacity whilst the price has also plummeted, leading to a proliferation of drones expected to reach 12 million by 2020.
Paparazzi intrusion using drones approaching superyachts is already a recognised and growing problem.
Yachts in port, at anchor or on coastal transits are simply ‘sitting ducks’ and currently powerless to know if/when they’re going to be attacked, let alone be in a position to defend against the threat, he added.
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