As the consumer drone industry has grown, the number of drones disrupting events and creating unsafe airspace has increased. Airports, stadiums, and country borders now rely on anti-drone solutions to deter, remove, and sometimes destroy unauthorized UAVs.
Consumers now fly drones far and wide — and often into an airspace where they are annoying or dangerous.
This has created a need for anti-drone solutions to protect private property, public venues, and everyday citizens.
With the drone industry estimated to create over $11B in global market revenue by 2020, the anti-drone vertical is expected to grow along with it. Some estimates project that the anti-drone market will earn $1B in global market revenue by the end of 2020.
Unauthorized drones are becoming so common that anti-drone solutions were recently stationed in Pyeongchang for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Counter-drones were on hand to deter recreational drones and mitigate potential drone threats.
The four primary anti-drone solutions used today are counter-drones, airspace management, drone-takeover, and surface-to-air projectiles & lasers.
Below, these solutions are ranked from most passive to most proactive in terms of direct engagement with unauthorized drones.