Interpol tests international counter-drone systems
Interpol took its global police cooperation mission to the skies during a three-day test series at Oslo’s Gardermoen Airport, as part of its efforts to develop a set of international counter-drone systems including the member countries can be inspired to protect restricted areas against small craft intrusions.
Interpol and Norwegian police have staged what they said were the largest international trials of counter-drone systems in a normal operating airport environment. The three days of testing took place at the end of September and brought together law enforcement, academics and industry experts from Europe, Israel and the United States. The ambitious program has organized 2,025 different flights on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) using a wide range of detection, identification, tracking and neutralization technologies.
The aim, according to Interpol, is to pool assets and knowledge that will provide member states with the information and means to ensure the security of airports, prisons, critical infrastructure and cities where overflight is prohibited.
“Member countries face drone threats on a daily basis, and this technology is so new and emerging that they need to understand it better than they currently do,” said Christopher Church, senior mobile forensics specialist at Interpol. . “So we are working with member countries and industry to broaden and improve their knowledge and expertise so that they can select the right solution for the right task. “
For security reasons, Interpol did not provide details on the various international counter-drone systems tested, nor on the results of these tests. He did, however, give background information on the program, which began by focusing on passive detection platforms, then moved on to radars, multi-sensor systems and a series of neutralization methods. Each approach was reviewed and scored against specific criteria. The results will be consolidated in a framework of drone countermeasures that Interpol will make available to the 194 member countries.
Through this, the organization hopes to create a network of shared knowledge and collaboration. This, he hopes, will allow more advanced countries to leverage their strengths and knowledge to forge a common set of international counter-drone systems, and help countries less prepared to face threats. presented by invasive or hostile UAVs to meet these challenges more quickly. .
Interpol notes that many countries have not passed laws allowing authorities to intercept and intervene against drones, even when they violate airspace restrictions. Others have the legislative means to answer them, but still do not know what are the best technological solutions to deploy in different protected facilities. The results of the Oslo tests are designed to inform officials in all member states as they take action to deal with the growing presence and potential threats from drones.
Likewise, the Interpol Innovation Center has partnered with the European Union’s Courageous project to establish a European-wide framework for the selection, testing and evaluation of international counter- drone by law enforcement. In May 2020, the unit also released a Drone Incident Response Framework for First Responders and Digital Forensics coordinate the safe and efficient deployment of UAVs in an emergency.
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