DHS Releases UAS Report for Emergency Responders
Thursday, February 08, 2018 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a report on unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

To assist emergency responders, DHS conducted a market survey of counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS), which can be used to detect, track, classify or mitigate small UAS (SUAS). This market survey report provides information on 13 C-UAS: Eight systems detect, track, classify and mitigate SUAS; two systems detect, track and classify SUAS; and three systems mitigate SUAS.

The C-UAS products included in the report differ in the sensors used to detect SUAS, the algorithms and databases used to identify and classify SUAS, and the methods used to mitigate SUAS. Many of the C-UAS products are modular, meaning additional components can be purchased and positioned to increase the coverage area. In the modular systems, the command-and-control software combines sensor data and fuses it into a single user interface. Many of the products generate an alarm in the user interface when an SUAS is detected and have options to alert various users via e-mail and text messages.

“Emergency responder agencies considering purchasing C-UAS should carefully research each product’s overall capabilities and limitations in relation to their agency’s operational needs,” the report said. “Furthermore, responders should check federal and state laws and policies that might prohibit the use of some of the C-UAS features in their jurisdictions.”

The full report is here.

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