A Near Miss This Time?
We were lucky this time because there was high-end security in place. An overhead helicopter was already on alert to track a non-traceable Drone. However there was not just one drone incident, there were two. With the country’s heightened alert due to recent terrorist activities abroad, we are seeing an increase in security and many preventive measures are being taken to prevent terrorist attacks. For ten years Whitmarsh Research Group has been researching the many uses of rogue drones and how to create a protective shield around high-value targets, protective methodologies for individuals and property, and automated response for security systems.
We got lucky this time. As the drone industry begins to grow there are many ideas and ideologically limited solutions for mainstreaming drones from the hobbyist to commercial, unfortunately, those solutions as self-geo-fencing, or software control geo-fencing, or self-policing the users who control the drones will find sooner or later that all these temporary solutions will create situations that will endanger property, lives, and interfere with privacy. The policy makers for the drones are expecting that drones users will follow a good behavior policy. Unfortunately, the reality is that good behavior is as good as the drone user and the way the user can manipulate the drone to make it work the way they want it too, whether it’s within the legal constraints that are established by whatever agency that establishes the controls and regulations of drones or the straight out defiance of the laws that are created. The band-aid solutions will fall short of insuring or guaranteeing security, privacy and safety to property and individuals.
Is there a solution? Whitmarsh Research Group (WRG) has been testing several processes that will aid in creating a safer drone flyway system. Also, we’re experimenting on processes that will aid in the ability to define the mannerisms and intent of drones in flight. WRG sees the drone as an object that flies within an airspace that can be populated by other UAVs or UAS; it occupies space over individuals, properties, and infringes on the security of other apparatuses in-flight or on the ground. WRG research and experiments evidence suggest that all the UAV and UAS need to be regulated and certain controls need to be placed that are similar to the methodology and regulations used for a car, plane, or boat. A regulation that is stiff but flexible that is a deterrent but operational with safety as the priority in flying and controlling of the drone. A good guideline is the FAA aviation standard regulations to establish a good foundation to built on for future expansion and growth. The creation of a strong safety fail-safe system foundation is important to implement the great possibility that the drone technology brings to all types of industries. The ability to enforce federal penalties for infringing on similar rules as those that exist in aviation is a good deterrent in managing illegal flights. With drones not being able to be tracked by radar and the ability to travel in a stealth mode becomes a major concern in controlling the drones flight. The ability to find a drone in flight is difficult and they can appear as fast as they can disappear, allowing for a higher possibility of manifesting chaotic mayhem events.
In our research at Whitmarsh Research Group, we have found the probability of Drones levels of infringing on security, safety and privacy increasing at an 85% probability and as the growth of the drone industry grows the probability will increase for a catastrophic event to occur whether by intent or by accidental means, the end result will be the damage to property, death and injury of individuals, and infringement of privacy that may lead to violent encounters. Drones need to be viewed and treated on the same level as aviation vehicles. We were really lucky this time. We need better established controls and regulation solutions that will protect lives, protect properties, and enforce penalties for privacy and security infringements, WRG plans to introduce working models that will illustrate proactive solutions to several of the problems arising from the need to increase Safety and Security. WRG plans to introduce these products in 2016 before catastrophes occur.