From power outages, expensive removal, and repairs, to potential attacks, drones are costing electric companies and consumers money and peace of mind.
The safety and security of power stations and electrical infrastructure in our local, national, and global community are a top priority that should concern all of us. Aside from being a high-flying toy, drones present real a threat to electric facilities.
It’s not uncommon to have a close call with a drone and a power line. Drones or UASs can be difficult to fly and at times unpredictable. Even experienced pilots can underestimate their proximity to power lines and with a shift in wind find themselves in trouble. There are numerous reports worldwide of drones crashing into or getting caught in power lines resulting in loss of power and expensive recovery efforts.
A drone was caught high above Washington’s Lake Union in a 120-foot high power line. This resulted in an annoying buzz and decreased line efficiency—frustrating local residents. Due to the height of the line, special equipment was brought in to remove the drone. The final price tag for this recovery mission was $35,000.
Drones have also been responsible for knocking out power to thousands of residents due to collisions with power lines. Don’t incorrectly assume that the power outage was merely an inconvenience; for many, it’s not just about going without lights or TV for a few hours. Lifesaving medical equipment in many homes functions on electricity and an outage can cause serious complications.
Additionally, drones in the hands of terrorists or criminals can be a frightening thought. Intentional misuse of a drone on critical infrastructure can put millions of people at risk.
Drones could be used for reconnaissance or surveillance of critical electric and energy plants. The gathered information could then be used to plan an attack on the ground. Drones could be used to deliver explosives to damage infrastructure or seriously injure employees on the ground.
Drones are quickly becoming a security threat to be reckoned with. Espionage, fraud, and sabotage being performed by an unmanned device were once inconceivable. Yet technological advances in the drone world have been impressive and these often undetectable, aerial devices are capable of breaching even the most heavily fortified location.
There is a clear need for comprehensive drone defense action plans in the world we live in. Expert advice, professional education and practical solutions specific to electric and energy plants are our best defense. The technology will continue to evolve, so staying one step ahead is crucial.
Drone Defense Group provides comprehensive on-site analysis, helpful drone security training, and comprehensive counter-drone solution architecture to keep infrastructures safe and secure.
We can’t wait until it is too late. Now is the time to implement a drone defense plan.
Drone Defense Group has the expertise to help.
Drone Defense Group will conduct a comprehensive on-site analysis to determine an organization’s specific risk profile. The formal assessment takes advantage of our comprehensive risk framework, and optionally, can include accumulated tracking data from our sensors installed on the ground for a period of time.
Once risks are thoroughly researched and understood, the focus shifts to implementing a technical solution to stay on top of threats and to mitigate against loss. Drone Defense Group’s experts understand the counter-drone technologies available and can recommend a solution set that precisely addresses your specific risk profile.
Large, open-air events (sports, concerts, festivals) present a security challenge on many fronts. In addition, these events tend to attract amateur drone operators. Drone Defense Group will set up a temporary monitoring solution on-site, and then work side-by-side with organizers and law enforcement to monitor the airspace, identify unauthorized drones and help locate their pilots.
Most organizations have a plan for cyber-security incursions and active shooter scenarios, but having a practical drone defense strategy and accompanying standard operating procedure in place is now more critical than ever before. Our experts will work with you to make sure your security team and employees are prepared and know what to do in the event of a drone attack.
Drone Defense Group’s team of experts are available to provide in-person training and workshop style events. In these sessions, all aspects of counter-drone techniques can be addressed, including tracking technologies, active and passive mitigation methods and creation of organization best practices.