by Brian Edmonds | September 8, 2015

The drone that crashed into Louis Armstrong stadium at the U.S. Open shows how vulnerable we are to this new technology. While no one was harmed this time, that was more due to luck than to our ability to deal such events. Stadiums and other open-air venues must protect themselves, their attendees and their players from drones as much as possible. While shooting them down is not an option, there is technology out there that can notify stadiums of drones in their presence before they are spotted by the naked eye. Using this technology, stadiums could help organizers:

  • Immediately know about the presence of a nearby drone
  • Determine the risk, based on the size of the drone and other criteria
  • Inform crowds of the drone to prevent panic and maintain order
  • Get players/performers off the court, stage or field and lead them to safety
  • Obtain the video evidence to search for the pilot.

An estimated 4.3 million drones are expected to ship in 2015, and while the majority will be used for recreational purposes, a certain number also will be used for mischief and potentially more. Stadiums have taken great steps to protect attendees and fans from other security risks, and must do the same for the new risk that drones pose.

Brian Edmonds is president of Dedrone, providers of a drone early-warning and detection systems.