DroneShield’s Counter Drone Software Receives Major Software Update


DroneShield has released the latest version of its DroneSentry-C2 Command-and-Control counter-drone software. The company calls v8.0.0 a “major update” because it contains new sensor integrations as well as performance and security improvements, including fixes for zero-day vulnerabilities and bug fixes.

According to DroneShield CTO Angus Bean, the software update incorporates a significant amount of end-user feedback. Bean says:

This software update improves all facets of the DroneSentry-C2 system, including user experience, performance, safety, and the number of built-in sensors and effectors. DroneShield is uniquely positioned as a manufacturer of industry-leading individual sensor technologies, as well as a systems integrator, enabling our team to optimize the ecosystem experience for our end users.

Here’s what to expect v8.0.0 DroneShield’s counter-drone software:

Integration of additional FLIR thermal cameras: The update adds to the suite of cameras built into the DroneSentry-C2. FLIR Ranger HDC MS 1200 and Ranger HDC MR compatible electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) cameras are integrated as plug-and-play options. Meanwhile, Optical DroneOptID computer vision models have been refined for thermal cameras.

RfPatrol integration: When paired with compatible MANET radios, the RfPatrol Handheld Drone Detector can now provide near real-time drone detection alerts and sensor location data fully integrated into the interface’s common operating picture DroneSentry-C2 user. This can be used to provide situational awareness on multiple RfPatrol devices in the field from a single map view.

Usability improvements: User feedback has been incorporated to improve the usability of settings such as radar masking, RF filtering, flexible sensor configuration, and drone detection display. These improvements significantly reduce average setup time, cognitive load, and training time. Usability improvements include:

  • Video labeling: Video recordings can now be tagged for feedback to DroneShield for DroneOptID AI Model training.
  • Simplified analyses: Historical data is now intelligently filtered and low value data is removed. This reduces the amount of storage required for on-premises users and reduces the cognitive load for operators viewing analytics.
  • Video tracking and optical model improvements: Improvements to DroneOptID include better tracking and identification of optical drones.

Dronedek says secure cloud-hosted and on-premises editions of DroneSentry-C2 software receive quarterly software updates, which include upgrades to DroneShield’s advanced computing server (SmartHub), vision AI engine by computer (DroneOptID) and sensor fusion components (ComputeNode) of the system.

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