C-UAS solutions for First Responders

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are revolutionizing the way first responders operate, offering invaluable support in critical situations. But it has also become crucial to protect first responders of unintended drone-based dangers and drone-based terror attacks, and enabling DFR (Drone as Frst Responder) programs


First responders - simultaneously using and fighting drones

From providing crucial visual reconnaissance before ground units arrive to aiding in search and rescue missions and firefighting efforts, drones have become indispensable tools. That said, in emergency scenarios, first responders face several risks and challenges, unrelated to the emergency itself and caused by malicious drone owners, or by conflicts of interest. 

While drones offer significant advantages, they also present challenges for first responders and the public alike. According to a Saint Leo poll, 72% of respondents believe drones are beneficial for local police forces. However, implementing a drone program is no easy feat. Agencies must navigate complex regulatory requirements and address privacy concerns.

First responders can become unintended targets of drone-based terror attacks. Additionally, malicious actors could deploy drones to obstruct the efforts of first responders to aid victims or take control of the situation. Moreover, first responder live operations often face a lack of orchestration between the different parties that typically attend emergency sites:

  • The different teams of first responders themselves
  • Journalists and reporters who want to cover the sensational item and capture high-quality footage
  • Crowds of curious people who may or may not hover in the sky with their own UAVs just because they want to post a ‘cool’ story on Instagram

Integrated counter-drone solutions: best suited for first responders

Counter-drone systems remain underutilized by first responders, despite their potential to mitigate operational challenges. These systems offer crucial advantages, particularly in scenarios with limited visibility or at night, by providing comprehensive surveillance of aerial activity.Sentrycs’s Integrated counter-drone solutions are tailored to the needs of live operations. They can be deployed in a matter of minutes, or even mounted on a vehicle, thus always “ready to go” when an emergency occurs. It can protect either a permanent or temporary no-fly zone, a protest march, or a convoy.Sentrycs can detect, identify, and track unauthorized drones in real time while locating their operators. Furthermore, it possesses the capability to safely takeover drones, guiding them to designated landing zones or returning them to their origin, thus mitigating risks associated with uncontrolled drone activity.

It also comes with additional advantages:  

  • No collateral damage or interference with authorized drones, DFR’s (drone as first responder) or other communications or navigation systems.
  • It enables the standard usage of first-responder drones during live operations as it does not impact authorized drones. 
  • It allows for safe mitigation by taking over the drone’s communication with its remote control, flying the drone to a safe altitude, and landing it in a predefined area.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sentrycs can be set up and operational in under 20 minutes... Also, there’s an option to have a vehicle-mounted system already operational that would be running as soon as it arrives at the site.

It is mandatory for first responder CUAS to be able to differentiate between friendly and rogue drones and immediately take action.

DTI systems that require line of sight are not relevant for first responders.

Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS) technology refers to systems designed to detect, track, identify, and at times neutralize unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as drones. These systems are used to protect airspace from unauthorized or malicious drone use. They can be used in various settings, including airports, military bases, public events, or any location where drone activity could pose a security risk.

  • Precision: An anti-drone solution based on protocol analysis is highly accurate, resulting in zero false alarms. This precision is crucial for first responders who need reliable information to act swiftly and effectively.
  • Superior Signal Discrimination: This system is capable of operating effectively in urban, densely populated environments, which are often characterized by significant communication noise. This superior signal discrimination makes it an ideal fit for first responders who frequently operate in such conditions."
  • Safety: Protocol analysis-based anti-drone solutions ensure there's no collateral damage to the public. They neutralize threats without causing harm to bystanders or infrastructure.
  • Selective Operation: These solutions have the ability to distinguish between authorized and unauthorized drones. This means they can allow approved drones to continue their operations while neutralizing unauthorized ones, rather than indiscriminately shutting down all drone activity. This feature ensures operational continuity for first responders.
  • Ease of Use: These anti-drone systems are designed to be user-friendly, allowing first responders to operate them effectively with minimal training.
  • Real-time Response: Protocol analysis allows for real-time response to drone threats, which is crucial in emergency situations where every second counts.
  • Scalability: These systems can be scaled to cover large areas, making them suitable for a variety of scenarios, from small-scale incidents to city-wide emergencies.

The Drone as a First Responder (DFR) program is an initiative that integrates drone technology into emergency response operations. Under this program, drones are dispatched to emergency situations, such as fires, accidents, or natural disasters, ahead of first responders. Equipped with cameras and other sensors, these drones provide real-time video and data to the emergency teams, helping them assess the situation, make informed decisions, and plan their response more effectively.

  • Situation Assessment: Drones equipped with cameras can provide real-time video feed of the situation, helping first responders understand the extent and nature of the emergency.
  • Search and Rescue: In situations like natural disasters or missing person cases, drones can cover large areas quickly and efficiently, aiding in search and rescue operations.
  • Delivery of Supplies: Drones can be used to deliver essential supplies, such as medicine or communication devices, to areas that are difficult for humans to reach.
  • Communication: Drones can provide a communication link in situations where the normal communication infrastructure is down.
  • Damage Assessment: After a disaster, drones can be used to assess the damage and help in planning recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Drone technology plays a crucial role in both emergency services and disaster recovery. In emergency services, drones can provide immediate situational awareness, allowing first responders to make better decisions and potentially save lives. They can also deliver supplies, provide communication links, and assist in search and rescue operations. In disaster recovery, drones can help assess the damage, identify hazards, and assist in planning and executing recovery operations. They can also be used to monitor the progress of recovery efforts and ensure that resources are being used effectively.