AI-based drone detection system successfully tested in Oman
January 27, 2019 | 2:31 PM
by Times News Service
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Muscat: A drone detection system by German company Aaronia AG has been successfully tried and tested in the Sultanate of Oman.

R & N Khimji L.L.C., in partnership with Aaronia AG, are coordinating with various authorities to install drone detection systems in the Sultanate. The system has already been tested in the country, and is able to detect drones and other devices using radio frequency with range of up to 50 km, depending on specifications.

"Our organisation has been working with Aaronia for the past three years and we have the utmost confidence that they are the leaders in this field," said Aaditya Ramesh Khimji, Managing Director of R & N Khimji, part of the Ramesh Khimji Group of Companies.

The system can also detect multiple drones at various frequencies simultaneously, and comes equipped with sophisticated long-range cameras for additional verification.

Aaronia has been working with high end RF and Microwave systems for over 15 years with all software and hardware being developed in Germany.

Drone detection has become a major concern, especially at airports with several instances causing disruption of airport services around the world — most notably at Heathrow and Gatwick Airports in the UK recently.

Drone detection at airports is complicated due to existing systems present in the airport infrastructure. Most systems available today use radar technology which can cause such interferences, have a low detection rate and produce lots of false alarms.

However, Aaronia’s unique solution uses AI-based RF detection and emits no signals. Therefore, it does not interfere with other systems running at airports. Additionally, as the system is monitoring RF signals, it can detect the location of the operator of the drone.

Various government agencies around the world rely on Aaronia’s AARTOS DDS systems. Currently, the system is in its 3rd generation and the 4th generation is scheduled for market release in Summer 2019.

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