Fortem Technologies, Inc., Announces DroneHunter: First Fully Autonomous Counter UAS Solution Using AI-Enabled Radar Technology

Powered by Fortem TrueView Radar, DroneHunter acts as “eyes in the sky” to alert security personnel of rogue aircraft operating in no-fly zones or unauthorized airspace

SALT LAKE CITYFeb. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Fortem Technologies, Inc., announced today the release of DroneHunter™, the first military-tested unmanned aircraft that provides perimeter intrusion detection and protection by autonomously patrolling an airspace and towing away any rogue drones from the sky. Using AI algorithms, the DroneHunter system provides detection, monitoring and capture of rogue drones over restricted airspace or no-fly zones. Once a rogue drone is detected and captured, DroneHunter can tether and return, or safely discard to a predefined safe zone.

“Drones are accessible to everyone now and are beginning to proliferate to enable many new services,” said CEO of Fortem Technologies, Timothy Bean. “However, to fully embrace these  benefits, we must monitor the airspace and secure no-fly zones. Fortem’s safe, low-cost detection and mitigation systems like DroneHunter are game-changing, enabling the benefits of a drone world to be realized.”

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Next terrorist attack with commercially available drones?

New market study on counter UAV technologies indicates terrorist attack with UAVs (drones) is matter of time

AMSTERDAMFeb. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Violent non-state actors have increasingly been making use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) also known as drones. More recently, some terrorist organizations – among them, the Islamic State and Hezbollah – have extended their use of UAVs to include the deployment of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in warzones. Now, the threat of UAVs being used in attacks in Europe or North America is rising.

Commercial UAVs – considerably smaller and cheaper than military versions – have become widespread in industrialized societies. Their applications range from agriculture to the filming of sporting events. However, violent non-state actors have quickly learned how to adapt this technology to their advantage.

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Ballard Launches Next Generation Fuel Cell System for Drones, Expands Insitu Flight Testing

VANCOUVER and SOUTHBOROUGH, MADec. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced that the company has developed a next generation high performance fuel cell propulsion system to power unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. Ballard has also received a follow-on contract from Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary, for extended durability testing of the next-generation 1.3 kilowatt (kW) fuel cell propulsion system to power test flights of its ScanEagle UAV platform.

Ballard and Insitu have partnered over the past two years to integrate Ballard’s prior generation fuel cell propulsion system – a complete hydrogen power system for small unmanned fixed wing and Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) platforms – into the ScanEagle platform. Successful flight testing was announced in mid-2017. Continue reading

Police and Law Enforcement Drones: Drones In The Field Infographic

The application of drones equipped with optical, zoom, and/or thermal cameras allow law enforcement to be more effective. Drone and camera technology allows officials to have a better viewpoint during times of chaotic situations where having ground personnel is too risky. Aerial points of view also allow post accident or crime scenes to be better evaluated to help understand the timeline of events that took place.

U.S. border agents track drone used to carry drugs, charge man with smuggling

Border Patrol agents in San Diego allegedly saw the drone in flight on Aug. 8 and tracked it, discovering nearly 6 kilograms of methamphetamine.

A 2-foot-high drone that a border patrol agent spotted swooping over the border fence on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, near a San Diego border crossing. Authorities have arrested a man they say used the drone to fly drugs across the Mexican border into California.

A 2-foot-high drone that a border patrol agent spotted swooping over the border fence on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, near a San Diego border crossing. Authorities have arrested a man they say used the drone to fly drugs across the Mexican border into California.  (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)  

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OPP drones: A fleet of 11 made by a Waterloo firm was temporarily grounded after one malfunctioned and was lost Wednesday, police say

By Dale Carruthers

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle – UAV

Dude, where’s my drone?

That’s what provincial police are asking after the force lost one of its unmanned aerial vehicles in a rural area near St. Thomas.

The drone’s disappearance — blamed on a technical malfunction — prompted the OPP to ground temporarily its entire fleet of 11 drones made by Waterloo-based Aeryon Labs Inc.

An OPP officer was test-flying the drone in Southwold Township Wednesday afternoon when he lost contact with the mini-aircraft, Elgin OPP said.

“It was flown up the standard 100 metres, then it went into GPS lock, which caused all communication with the operator’s tablet to cease,” Sgt. Dave Rektor said, adding the drone drifted northeast before disappearing from view.

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