AirWarden™ Drone Detection System

AirWarden Detects Drone and Controller Simultaneously

AirWarden UI

AirWarden is a patented drone detection system that identifies and classifies Radio Frequency (RF) drone and controller signatures and uses these signals to locate both devices simultaneously.

Urban Environment Performance

Many drone detection systems were developed in remote areas like the desert. This gave developers wide open areas to fly drones and test their system. The challenge is they’ve had limited experience in urban areas where buildings, cars, and other RF signals in the environment have a huge impact on the ability to detect drones and controllers.

AirWarden was developed in urban New Jersey. Moreover, it has undergone extensive testing at an NFL Stadium where ambient RF signals can increase by 50,000 times during pre-game tail gaiting. As a result the system provides reliable detection and a low false positive rate, even in the toughest, busiest urban environments.

Sends Alerts

When the system detects a drone or controller near your facility, it can alert security personnel via:

  • Command Console – A web based user interface that can run in a command center or be accessed remotely.
  • Email and Text – Security personnel can be sent alerts via email and text. Alerts are configurable and can also be sent to local law enforcement for a coordinated response.

Detects Both Known and Unidentified Drones

AirWarden can detect any drone that emits an RF signal. This includes popular, ready-to-fly consumer drones, commercial drones, custom “kit” or Do It Yourself (DIY) drones and even a swarm of tiny micro-drones.

Because the system uses the physical signature of a signal to identify drones, it can detect both known and unidentified drones. This means that it will detect new drones on the market even if the system’s ‘drone library’ has not been updated.

Does Not Decode or Demodulate Signals

If an RF detection solution “decodes” or “demodulates” the signal to extract the drone type, GPS coordinates or the “Return to Launch” GPS coordinates, it violates U.S. Federal Wiretapping laws.

The AirWarden™ system is a passive system that uses physical characteristics of the signal to detect and locate. This means it will not be affected when drone manufacturers start to encrypt the signal between their drones and controllers.

In addition, decoding and demodulating signals takes more time than physical signal analysis. This means systems using this method take longer to detect and locate a device.

Detects in All Weather Conditions

Because AirWarden uses the physical signals from drones to detect and locate, it can operate in all weather conditions.

It is unaffected by lighting, sound, rain, clouds, fog, background clutter (like leaves or trash being blown about by the wind), or line of site making it suitable for air, ground, and marine UAV detection.

Detection Range

The system’s detection range is equal to the connection range between a drone and a controller. This means that if a drone and controller can connect up to 1 km apart, AirWarden can detect at 1 km or slightly more. If a drone and controller can connect at 5 km, AirWarden can detect at 5 km or slightly more.

However, it’s important to note that the connection range of a drone and controller can vary greatly. A drone and controller that can connect at 5 km in a desert environment may only be able to connect at, say, 1km in an urban environment. This is because RF signals behave very differently in built up environments. It also means the drone can’t fly as far away from the controller in urban areas.

System Integration

The AirWarden open architecture allows communication to/from other systems such as your organization’s existing alarm monitoring or reporting system.

Remote Antenna Benefits

AirWarden’s four inch, four ounce antenna allows for flexible deployment options.

  • The antenna can be placed as high as needed for best line of sight.
  • Offers safer, more reliable deployment – creates practically no wind load on the structure being mounted to
  • Separation of antenna and sensor box allows easier access to sensor electronics for troubleshooting and maintenance

Single Sensor Type

The AirWarden system uses only one type of sensor to detect and locate. This means it has:

  • Lower maintenance
  • Fewer sensors required
  • Less points of failure
  • More system redundancy

This results in a lower total cost of ownership.

Mobile Sensor Options

While the typical installation consists of four or more fixed sensors, AirWarden offers mobile options:

  • Marine Vessel Sensor – This can act as a standalone sensor or join a network of fixed sensors on land.
  • Mobile Vehicle Sensor – This can act as a standalone sensor or join a network of fixed sensors, either land or marine based.

Read more about our mobile options. 

Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act

In the summer of 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded AirWarden the Developmental Testing and Evaluation Designation under the SAFETY Act.

As part of this prestigious designation, AirWarden users, who choose to participate, are offered certain liability protection.

“The Technology does not include a capability to defeat or interfere with the flight of UAS, or perform signal analysis functions which would require legal authorization.”

-DHS SAFETY Act website

AirWarden is the only drone detection solution that has received this designation.

Read more about the DHS SAFETY Act designation.