AeroDefense Drone Detection System Selected by MetLife Stadium
AeroDefense says its AirWarden drone detection system has been selected by MetLife Stadium to meet its security needs. AeroDefense says its radio frequency-based system has been “extensively tested in a stadium environment to ensure reliable detection and a low false-positive rate.” The company says AirWarden alerts stadium security of the drone and controller to enable rapid response. MetLife Stadium, where the National Football League’s New York Jets and Giants play their home games, has been testing drone detection systems since 2017, including radar, RF, acoustic and camera systems. “RF is currently the best solution to identify where the drone and operator are, and the only one that we found can detect the drone and controller when the RF connection is first established,” says Daniel DeLorenzi, vice president Security & Safety Services at MetLife Stadium. “Therefore, it’s possible that we can detect the drone before it even takes off.” MetLife Stadium is near Teterboro Airport, where the Federal Aviation Administration has regulations for flying unmanned aircraft systems. “During NFL tailgating, the background RF noise at MetLife Stadium can be significantly greater than a normal urban environment,” says Linda Ziemba, founding CEO of AeroDefense. “This is due to fans live-streaming television, using cell phones, dashcams, and even WiFi-enabled tailgating grills. So, we’ve worked diligently with MetLife Stadium and our team of developers to optimize the detection of capabilities of our AirWarden system.” The company says its system has helped the stadium and local law enforcement interdict many types of drones. The AirWarden has received Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act designation, providing users liability protections.