Aussie drone jammer DroneShield to protect royalty at Commonwealth Games
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Queensland Police have added DroneShield’s anti-drone guns to its artillery ahead of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Police will use Droneshield’s (ASX:DRO) handheld DroneGun devices which jam drones with wireless signals, allowing a user to take control of a drone and guide it back to land.
An expected 690,000 visitors will converge for the Comm Games in April, and Queensland Police have said the technology will allow for the highest level of security to be met.
Prince Charles — no longer to be accompanied by wife Duchess Camilla — is among some of the high profile guests attending the Games along with 6600 athletes from 70 countries.
“Given the developments in unmanned technologies, and the trends in the nefarious uses of such technologies overseas, security agencies and militaries worldwide are faced with the need to provide aerial security at high profile events,” a police statement said.
Droneshield has a successful track record at mass events the likes of the 2017 Ironman World Championships and the Boston Marathon for three years running.
However the company is not yet making much revenue.
The shares were up 2 per cent at 26c in Wednesday mid-afternoon trade.
Drones have become a significant concern for security large scale sporting events.
At the recent PyeongChang Winter Olympics a no-fly zone was declared around the Games, and special drone-detection radar was deployed.
There was even speculation of so-called “drone-catching drones” that carry nets to smother and disable a rogue drone.
Today’s announcement follows news earlier this month that the DroneGun had been assigned a NATO stock number, validating its use in a military setting.
Droneshield is working on a DroneGun Mk III model that would be “a significantly further improved version which incorporates feedback following additional end-user trials”.