Correctional Facility Drone Detection

Correctional facility drone detection

The Threat

Contraband deliveries via drone have soared. Cell phones, drugs, tools and weapons are all popular items. And they pose an enormous risk to safety, both for the prison staff and the inmates. But catching perpetrators is not easy.

Deliveries are often a coordinated effort. They may include multiple drones, pilots, and battery changes, and may start and end in completely different locations.

The Solution

AirWarden can be monitored from any location to provide regional command centers or other agencies the ability to monitor multiple locations.

AeroDefense’s correctional facility drone detection solution, AirWarden™ detects both the drone and the pilot/controller simultaneously. It can detect multiple drones and their pilots at the same time.

The AirWarden Remote ID Receiver detects drones broadcasting Remote ID information.

AirWarden spectrum sensing fixed or mobile sensors detect drones broadcasting Remote ID information as well as drones NOT broadcasting Remote ID information including custom “kit” or Do It Yourself (DIY drones) without reliance on a product library.

Once detected, alerts are sent to security personnel via command console, text or email. Alerts are configurable based on role and type. They can also be sent to local law enforcement for a coordinated response.

The system is configured to trigger alerts when detected devices cross a user-defined boundary so the facility can prioritize drone activity in the area it is most concerned about. 

Any information AirWarden derives locally from a facility deployment can be automatically sent to a fusion/dispatch center.

False alerts can lead to staff desensitization and frustration. Before installation a comprehensive site survey is conducted to account for environmental obstructions, both physical and RF-based. An environmental calibration period as part of installation filters out known environmental RF concerns and ensures any coverage gaps are minimized or eliminated.

Drone detection isn’t just useful for immediate response. Replays of a detection event can also help build your case.

Users with access to reporting functionality can easily select and download information about a specific detection event, any number of detection events, and a summary of all devices detected. Users can also create an incident report of multiple detections with only a few clicks.

When contraband drone delivery pilots learn that a drone detection system is in place, they position themselves to leverage terrain features such as buildings or trees to evade detection.

When facilities have intel that a drone drop is occurring, response teams can position mobile drone detection assets such as vehicle-based sensors to extend the detection area.

AeroDefense’s correctional facility drone detection temporary (portable) mobile units come with a carrying case and tripod.

Within 15 minutes, one employee can deploy a single sensor AirWarden mobile unit to assess drone activity level and provide airspace awareness – it alerts when a drone or pilot enters a defined alert zone based on preconfigured geofence boundaries.

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Correctional Facility Case Study

From the Fall of 2017 through present day deployment, AirWarden has proven itself as a successful deterrent to unauthorized drone flights at a Georgia State Prison. Georgia’s proactive response plans along with the use of AirWarden as an early warning system has resulted in several key incident detections, the interception of over $500,000 in contraband, and suspect arrest. Most importantly, drone delivery attempts have essentially been eliminated

AirWarden is also commercially deployed at several other correctional facilities across the United States.

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