Drone GPS signal protection system could counter drone jammers

Drone GPS signal protection system could counter drone jammers

Worried about intentional GPS jamming of your drone in flight? Maybe you simply wish to higher assure your drone doesn’t lose its GPS sign whereas flying in a dense city space, corresponding to close to tall buildings or beneath bridges? Honeywell has entered the drone GPS sign safety market with an answer that could possibly be key to drone pilots.

Honeywell introduced this week as a part of the AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2021 convention in Atlanta, Georgia that it has signed a collaboration settlement with InfiniDome to collectively develop and ship a GPS sign safety system for drones.

Most drones flying at present function through GPS alerts, versus flying over mobile service or wifi sign. While drones flying through mobile service is definitely rising in popularity, GPS continues to be vastly widespread.

But flying drones through GPS sign just isn’t with out its pitfalls. Here are among the issues that drone pilots need to grapple with:

  • Maintaining constant reference to these alerts is vital (however not at all times achievable).
  • You could also be flying in a “GPS-denied” atmosphere, the place sign service is marginal or blocked (corresponding to close to tall buildings or beneath bridges).
  • Drones are vulnerable to assaults from GPS jammers, which implies pilots can lose management of their drones.

That third level — drone jamming — is particularly essential, particularly as firms look to search out methods to get drones out of the airspace above their property. In reality, the counter-drone market is set to be worth $6.6 billion by 2024. Counter-drone firms corresponding to Dedrone they construct merchandise together with jamming gadgets and monitoring software program to cease drones from flying in sure areas.

Typically, the anti-drone firm offers both detection methods or interdiction methods (or a mix of the 2). Though, most jamming gadgets usually are not authorized within the U.S. as a consequence of federal regulation which prohibits the operation, advertising, or sale of any kind of jamming gear that interferes with approved radio communications, together with mobile and Personal Communication Services (PCS), police radar, and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Though, many different nations haven’t any such legal guidelines, and jammers are authorized.

And that concentrate on drone jammers is sensible. After all, Israel-based InfiniDome launched primarily as a GPS Security Company that protects all types of wi-fi communications from jamming assaults.  And the corporate has a historical past of constructing merchandise that defend GPs methods for not simply flying drones, but in addition automobile fleets and significant networks for protection functions. 

“Intentional GPS jamming and spoofing incidents are on the rise, and this partnership will allow a speedy resolution to this vital business want,” stated Matt Picchetti, vice chairman and normal supervisor, Navigation & Sensors, Honeywell Aerospace. 

Honeywell and InfiniDome will jointly develop a GPS signal protection system for drones.

About the Honeywell-InfiniDome GPS sign safety system

Honeywell makes extra than simply thermostats. The firm’s aerospace division, dubbed Honeywell Aerospace, has been constructing services for a spread of business, protection and area plane together with plane engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wi-fi connectivity methods, mechanical elements and extra. And that features merchandise for drones.

The Honeywell-InfiniDome resolution is a mix of {hardware}, software program and providers that collectively creates a single navigation platform for dealing with loss or lack of GPS alerts. With it, anticipate a lowered probability of collisions or flyaways.

There are presently sensors accessible at present designed to deal with GPS interferences, however they are usually cumbersome (which prevents the drone from having the ability to carry payloads or fly longer distances/for longer instances). Given this model’s smaller measurement, it needs to be extra helpful for low-altitude drone flights corresponding to cargo drones and concrete air transportation automobiles. 

This just isn’t InfiniDome’s first connection to Honeywell. The firm in April 2021 announce the closure of a pre-series A spherical of $2.4 Million which included investments from Next Gear Ventures in addition to Honeywell Ventures.

“Navigation is on the coronary heart of plane avionics and unmanned methods and Honeywell is a frontrunner in assured navigation know-how,” Honeywell VP Matt Picchetti stated on the time of the funding. “This is a strategic funding for Honeywell as we see GPS safety as a vital complement to our inertial navigation capabilities. Customers require extra strong navigation architectures, and we intend to cooperate with infiniDome to construct joint options that may revolutionize resilient navigation.”

Honeywell and InfiniDome will jointly develop a GPS signal protection system for drones

Who would use it?

While pointless for pastime pilots, Honeywell and InfiniDome’s GPS sign safety system could possibly be essential for a myriad of each protection and industrial functions. Maintaining sign is essential for correct navigation, making certain security of objects and other people on the bottom, and defending property — each the drone itself and objects it’d encounter.

And the Honeywell/InfiniDome GPS sign safety system wouldn’t essentially be constrained to simply drones. It can operate with a variety of car platforms, together with industrial plane, city air mobility methods, unmanned aerial methods and floor automobiles. 

Just don’t anticipate to have the ability to use it — and even purchase it — simply but. The preliminary resolution providing just isn’t anticipated to be commercially accessible till the primary half of 2022.