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Facing the increasing intrusion of protected sites, several graduated responses exist to guard its unwanted flying guests. Non-exhaustive review of the against measures.

Civil war drones began. Many of these public flying machines, inspired from a military technology, made headlines by flying places banned as the Elysee, nuclear power plants, the White House and more recently nuclear military sites despite draconian legislation that prohibits flights over 150m and overflight of sensitive sites.

Fragile, with limited autonomy, UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicle) are theoretically easy targets for the government and the army is authorized to shoot them down with a precise shot or through an interference signal.

A new market is taking off

A new economy interception specialized of civilian drones also develops parallel to fight against illegal use of these devices. Aware of the issues, manufacturers are also trying to discipline users with pedagogy and sometimes bans geotagged flights.

Fighting fire with fire.

"To intercept malicious civil UAV flying at 300 m and 60 km / h, you can not use existing security systems, you must use the same weapons" says Philippe Dubus, CEO of Maloutech Company. This company based in Vitry-sur-Seine (Val-de-Marne) was positioned in this emerging market and offers to install surveillance drones with an interception net on each sensitive site. Its leaders advocate three options facing a flying threat : to destroy the drone as a hit with another vehicle if the ground environment permits it, to intercept to recoverit and finally track it the missile to its owner. The cost? "We have an offer at € 10,000 including the drone and especially the training of the security services," says the CEO.

The delicate self-regulation of manufacturers.

After the intrusion in the White House gardens of one of its most popular models in the world, the Chinese manufacturer DJI responded by clamping its model through an update of its operating software. Specifically, the Phantom range will soon be banned from flying over the metropolitan area around Washington DC. The integrated GPS in all its models, the manufacturer can establish remote "no-fly zones" up to 25 kilometers around a city or an airport. Aspiring pilots therefore will not be able to take off or land their UAVs around sensitive US sites.

NPC French manufacturer has posted an informed user's guide of its models with a necessary wakeup call legislation

Credits : Damien Licata Caruso- Le Parisien | 2015-01-29