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A new “anti-drones” system, tested at the Iberia Festival in Benidorm

Written by on October 12, 2018

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Article Written & Published By: Diario Informacion
Translated from Spanish to English

A new “anti-drones” system, tested at the Iberia Festival in Benidorm

The Local Police will be a pioneer in Spain in using a program to intercept devices that fly without authorization

The City of Benidorm will increase security at major events with commissioning by the local police in an anti-drone system, which “prevents any aircraft piloted by remote control unauthorized overflying concentrations of people , thus avoiding the danger that this practice entails ».

This was advanced yesterday by the Councilor for Citizen Security, Lorenzo Martínez, who indicated that the system will be tested from today, in coordination with the National Police, during the Iberia Festival, which takes place in the Parque de l’Aigüera.

The mayor said that Benidorm “is once again at the forefront in the use of the latest technologies, since it will be the first time in Spain that a Local Police operates with a system of these characteristics.”

This last generation system is capable of intercepting the drone at a distance of 2 kilometers, locating the pilot and landing the aircraft in a safe place, safeguarding the integrity of the people.

Martinez clarified that the system is “completely safe because it does not use physical means to knock down the drones, but neutralizes the radio and GPS frequencies by landing them in safe areas.”

Local police officer Agustin Mirete controls a drone equipped with a camera used for surveillance tasks in the Poniente beach at the eastern costal town of Benidorm, Spain, August 18, 2016. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

In addition, if necessary, the location and identification of the pilot “will allow us to report him for a flight prohibited before the aeronautical authorities and competent in matters of public safety”.

In this regard, the mayor recalled that “the law prohibits the use of drones on meetings of people outdoors and between agglomerations of buildings in populated areas.”

The incorporation of this anti-drone system has been possible thanks to the collaboration of the company System Drone Spain SRL, distributor for Spain of the firm DroneShield, and which has been responsible for training the agents of the Local Police who will be responsible for managing the system.

Regulate the use of airspace
Parallel to the incorporation of this system, the Department of Security is finishing drafting the regulation that will regulate the use of airspace that the Local Police can make in the city.

This document will establish the protocols and safety standards that must be met so that the police drone “can fly over the entire municipal area, including the urban area and large concentrations of people.”

“This regulation,” the mayor added, “will allow us to give many more applications to the drone, beyond current maritime surveillance.”

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