Africa Aerospace & Defence 2018

Taking control of drones [AAD18D2]

20 September 2018

The MESMER v.1.5 Counter Drone System from Department 13 (Hangar 3, Stand CE27) is a patented drone mitigation solution.

This low-power, non-jamming, non-line of sight and non-kinetic system provides a safe and effective method of protecting personnel and infrastructure from dangerous drones. MESMER's key differentiator in the aerospace and defence markets is its sophisticated automated detection and mitigation strategies that stop, redirect, land or take control of drones. The patented technology is built on open-source software architecture.

Drones have proliferated in the consumer and professional application markets, but unfortunately some are being used for criminal purposes. They may be designed to carry dangerous payloads or fitted with optics that can conduct surveillance of friendly force movements or capture a company's valuable intellectual property. MESMER will prevent drones from physically harming people, damaging and disrupting critical infrastructure and stealing intellectual property.

Radios used to control drones employ well-defined techniques to begin communications and to maintain radio links. By adapting to the protocol used to control a drone, MESMER inserts messages that tell the drone to exit a restricted airspace, return home or to land in a predetermined safe zone. It can simultaneously control drone swarms that use different radio protocols. MESMER uses multiple layers of blind adaptive analysis to identify a drone's type and radio protocol. When MESMER detects a previously unidentified drone, it identifies the drone's modulation type, format and other signal information that may be used to redirect the drone.

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