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Drone Defies Monaco No-Fly Zone

M.A.D.S™ detects DJI drone observing Superyachts in Monaco No-Fly Zone

Hundreds of incredible Superyachts and thousands of visitors make their way to Monaco for the annual Yacht Show.

So it comes as no surprise that the government of the Principality of Monaco prohibits all use of drones in the Principality and its territorial waters during the period of activity of the Monaco Yacht Show. Flying a drone in this area carries the risk of a $9000 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

With the installation of a CUAS Radar system in 2016 to deter and detect any unauthorised drones, visitors and vendors were surprised when a drone flew overhead at 4.30pm Thursday.

Martek Marine’s M.A.D.S™, the worlds first marinised CUAS system, detected the DJI Lightbridge drone for the duration of its 2m 45s flight inside the geofenced area at the show.

The system was set up for demonstration purposes at the Monaco Yacht Show, so only a small area of detection was established.

M.A.D.S is capable of detecting drones at distances up to 5km, however the area you wish to monitor is completely customisable.

It was this custom set up the Martek team established at the Monaco Yacht Show, demonstrating M.A.D.S™ ability to detect and identify drones including serial number, location and bearing as well as the pilot’s location.

The drone was using DJI’s Lightbridge, capable of 1920 x 1080p@30fps 1.7km away from pilot location.

In a regular set up, where a real threat was established, M.A.D.S™ would be able to mitigate the threat, forcing the drone to land or return to its operator.

Commercial shipping is waking up to the growing threat that drones pose to the safety and security of vessels, and it has called for an urgent review of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code to cover this.

Terrorist use of drones deploying explosives is already well documented and the potential for a drone to deliver an explosive charge through the deck of an oil/gas tanker or on a passenger ship with potentially catastrophic results is a stark reality.

Vessels in port, at anchor or on coastal transits are potential ‘sitting ducks’ and currently powerless to know if/when they’re going to be attacked, let alone be in a position to defend against the threat.

With the rising threat, Counter drone technology, such as M.A.D.S™, are becoming increasingly popular with security services and individuals who value their safety and privacy. These technologies are the silent, constant aerial guardians leaving their users with peace of mind.

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