Miniature drones can be useful or a potential danger. Affordable, easy to operate and fast, these unmanned aerial systems (UASs) can endanger air traffic near airports. Attack scenarios are not far-fetched. It is high time to develop detection and defense systems that can reliably detect UASs to allow security forces to make informed decisions with sufficient reaction time.
Fraunhofer IOSB is pursuing various projects to investigate issues relating to detection, classification and potential defense measures. The institute has award-winning AI-based algorithms to distinguish between drones and birds in video images in real time. Since 2016, we have invested our own resources towards developing MODEAS, a modular drone detection and assistance system.