DroneShield partners with THALES to fight aerial threats in Spain the sci-fi way

DroneShield partners with THALES to fight aerial threats in Spain the sci-fi way

DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) (“DroneShield" or the “Company”), a worldwide leader in counter-drone solutions, is pleased to announce that it has entered

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DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) (“DroneShield” or the “Company”), a worldwide leader in counter-drone solutions, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Teaming Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Thales Programas De Electronica Y Comunicaciones S.A.U. (“Thales”) (a Spanish subsidiary of Thales S.A.), whereby Thales will utilize and promote DroneShield’s products in its defense and security contract bids in Spain involving counter-drone aspects.

Thales S.A. (ENXTPA:HO) is one of the largest defense companies globally, with 65,000 employees, operations in 56 countries and a market capitalization of approximately €15.8 billion. Thales in Spain combines its technology with the experience of  1,200 professionals distributed in 11 work centers in Spain, one in Turkey and one in Egypt.

Oleg Vornik, DroneShield’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Over the course of the recent year, we have made substantial progress with advancing our market penetration in NATO countries and in Spain in particular. This partnership with Thales builds on the work we have undertaken and couples it with Thales’ extensive market penetration in Spain, as well as it long-established brand and reputation in this market, in order to achieve a multiplier effect on our and Thales’ counter-drone efforts.”

Despite DJI’s attempts to make drones easy to use, secure, and transparent when it comes to their operations and geolocation, incidents such as the supposed ‘Gatwick Airport Drone Crash’ help regulators, and now even military-affiliated companies, to create countermeasures against unmanned aircraft systems such as the DroneGun MkIII.

The DroneGun MkIII is a compact, lightweight drone countermeasure designed for one-hand operation. The DroneShield product provides a safe countermeasure against a wide range of drone models. It allows for a controlled management of drone payload such as explosives, with no damage to common drones models or surrounding environment due to the drones generally responding via a vertical controlled landing on the spot, or returning back to the starting point (assisting to track the operator), with an immediate cease of video back to the drone pilot.

RF disruption activation will also interfere with any live video streaming (FPV) back to the remote controller halting the collection of video footage and intelligence by the drone operator.

On one hand, that should worry any UAV operator who’s flying out there for entertainment, and/or training purposes. On the other hand, that means that we’re getting closer to the era where drones will be an unavoidable part of modern smart societies.

An unmanned aerial vehicle is currently the best viable option to transfer physical and digital goods over long-distances, in a short period of time, with minimum energy consumption, and apparently with discretion.

In my opinion, drones should follow an international standard, probably IOTA, or LoRA, or something similar, where they could:

  1. Identify other flying objects nearby, unmanned or manned aerial vehicles, biological subjects (birds), and other objects (air ballons, etc.) That would result in an IoT network where all UAVs could ‘know’ each other, and therefore have a better understanding of the local traffic and operating environment, in order to avoid accidents, and all sorts of errors while on air.
  2. Share data with the CAA regarding their operations/missions, current operator details, as well as the company the UAV belongs to, regardless of the current operator and his plans. That way we can monitor drone activity in different layers, and measure different aspects under various circumstances.
  3. Depending on each operation’s nature respectively, the UAVs could collect, transmit, or exchange additional data.

Companies like DroneShield are ahead of the game, exactly because they envision a future where UAVs will be flying ‘all over the place’, performing various tasks, from physical and digital goods delivery to autonomous applications for the I.4.0 that include traffic monitoring, environmental monitoring, search and rescue missions, industrial inspections and more.

Where do you see drones in the next 10 years?