Counter-Drone Deployment: The Third Dimension Is the Next Dimension

Even though facilities can be protected at ground level, air-based threat penetration from drones is becoming increasingly prominent.

Most security systems are two-dimensional. Securing property with fences, locks, alarms and other tools make up the first dimension, and securing networks, computer systems and data with cyber tools makes up the second layer. The third dimension, which is an area that requires immediate attention, is the airspace above and around facilities.

Even though the facility that is being defended or protected is on the ground, the ability for air-based threats to penetrate it is becoming increasingly more prominent. Not only can drones enter airspace armed with explosives or other lethal weapons, but they can also conduct espionage and gather information about facilities, security patterns and tools that are used on the ground.

Airspace security has, until recently, been left to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or local government to control….