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Bringing a modular approach to anti-drone solutions

Bringing a modular approach to anti-drone solutions
Cerbair claims to be the first on the market to offer a fully modular and scalable system to adapt to each site’s specification while staying on budget.
With the rise in popularity of commercial drones, there is an increase in the number of concerns regarding unwanted intrusion of these flying machines, disrupting privacy and confidential information. This has paved way for a number of drone detection and anti-drone solutions. But for the most part, these solutions remain standard, providing a single answer regardless of the nature of the site it secures.

When providing protection against drones, it is important to understand the requirements of the site and tailor the solution accordingly. This appears to be the philosophy behind Cerbair’s anti-drone solution.

Speaking to asmag.com, Lucas Lebell, CEO and Charlie Pinedo, COO, of Cerbair elaborated on this.
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“Our solution has been designed from scratch with anti-drone in mind: we have carefully picked the right technologies to provide world class performance level, at affordable cost,” they said. “Also we understood that each site to protect is unique, thus a one-size-fits-all approach cannot be satisfactory. We designed our system to be fully modular: providing exactly what is needed technical-wise and fully scalable: from a single sensor to hundreds to cover all area sizes. This ensures Cerbair’s solution will always be the smart choice to protect your sensitive site.”

Cerbair provides and end-to-end solution to secure, either temporarily or permanently, a sensitive area against the threat of drones. The company caters to both public and private customers: police, army forces, prison authorities, industrial sites, special events etc. Although their technological core is centered on detection, they can also integrate active countermeasures such as jamming, provided regulatory approval, or supply portable material like net guns from their partners.

Speaking of the various hardware and software components that go into their solution, Lebell and Pinedo explained that the most difficult part was avoiding the use of expensive military gear to reach the desired level of performance.

“We wanted affordable, easy to maintain and replace hardware (sensors, computing units) that we coupled to smart embedded algorithms to maximize performance,” they said. “Specifically we work with up to 3 layers of detection: radiofrequency spectrum monitoring, optical tracking, radar scanning. In the backend our proprietary software merges the sensor data to identify relevant threats while avoiding false alerts. Finally, all information is synthetically displayed on our user interface to have a full understanding of the situation at a glance from a bird’s eye view.”

From a market perspective, several factors are expected to boost demand for this product. First, obviously is the fact that the number of commercial drones sold is skyrocketing. The company estimates this at 10 million flying now which will scale to 50 million by 2025. This will put capable, cheap and easy to use flying platforms in the hands of anyone.

“We already see incidents multiplying with airports, power plants, VIP compounds; not to mention extensive terror use by ISIS,” Lebell and Pinedo said. “Security officers will want to tackle the threat proactively and equip themselves with a turnkey solution against drones, such as Cerbair’s.”
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