AirWarden™ Drone Detection Deployment Options

AirWarden’s 4″, 4 oz. detection antenna is not attached to the enclosure housing sensor electronics. Therefore, AeroDefense can offer several flexible deployment options.

Drone Detection Deployment Considerations

Drone detection deployment options should be carefully considered before purchase of a system. You should consider:

  • Blockage of detection antenna
    • If the antenna is attached to the sensor electronics enclosure, the structure the equipment is mounted to could block the antenna. This could negatively impact system effectiveness.
  • Wind load
    • It’s important to calculate the wind load on a piece of equipment so gale force winds do not compromise the pole on which it is mounted. The bigger the surface area, the stronger the force against the mounting pole.
    • The ability to mount sensor electronics high enough to achieve the desired line of sight may be limited for bulky equipment.
  • Aesthetics
    • City planners and building owners typically desire a clean, uncluttered environment, so smaller, more discrete equipment is preferred.
  • Identification as security equipment (sabotage/attack risk)
    • Smaller equipment presents less of a sabotage risk because it’s not readily identifiable as drone detection or security equipment.

AeroDefense Drone Detection Deployment Options

AirWarden Sensor Enclosure and Antenna Call Out

Sensor electronics in weatherproof enclosure

Detection antenna mounted approximately 1-45 ft above a weatherproof enclosure that contains the sensor electronics indoors or outdoors (coax connection)

  • Safe, reliable deployment – reduced wind load factor on the mounting structure
  • Antenna can be placed as high as needed for best line of sight

Antenna can be mounted:

  • At top of utility pole
  • Using pole extension above sensor box

Sensor enclosure can be mounted:

  • On pole mount
  • At top of building
  • On metal framing

AirWarden Antenna Call Out

Sensor electronics in data center

Detection antenna mounted in several ways and connects to a central indoor location that contains the sensor electronics up to 20 km away (fiber connection)

  • Unique deployment option
  • Innovative technology allows for unobtrusive, aesthetically pleasing drone detection
  • Optimal for large areas

Antenna can be mounted:

  • At top of tech/light pole
  • On top of small box (4″x6″)
  • At top of building
  • Along airport runway

Sensor electronics housed in rack mount indoors

AirWarden Mobile Command and Marine Vessel Antenna

Sensor electronics in mobile command vehicles or marine vessels

Detection antenna mounted externally and easily portable sensor electronics stored internally

  • Vehicles operate independently, as a patrolling group, or in conjunction with permanently mounted systems

Antenna can be mounted:

  • On the vehicle or vessel externally

Sensor electronics housed in vehicle or vessel

Fiber Connected Antenna Solves Urban Environment and Airport Drone Detection Challenges

Urban environments and airports are both very busy, high radio frequency (RF) environments which renders some systems ineffective. Because nefarious actors often conduct practice runs, temporary drone detection deployment is not a comprehensive solution.

Drone Detection Deployment Challenges

Urban Environments

  • Complex structures and high buildings form urban canyons that block lines of sight
  • Public safety and local law enforcement may not own the buildings where detection antennas and sensors should be deployed for best coverage
  • Building owners don’t want large equipment because it could make their building a target


  • Due to the high RF near communications systems and terminals and low RF on runways and taxiways, it is important to have a system that functions in all environments
  • Massive open runway areas with limited or no sensor mounting capability
  • Large perimeters
  • Pilots likely to be off-property at some distance

AirWarden solves these challenges.

  • AirWarden has been proven effective in high RF environments with low false positive rates.
  • AirWarden’s small, lightweight detection antenna mounts almost anywhere, including along airport runways.
  • Sensor electronics can be located in a data center up to 20 km away.
  • AirWarden sensors placed internally and detection antenna placed externally on mobile command vehicles or marine vessels extend detection and location range.

AirWarden helps you find the drone and pilot long before federal assistance would arrive.