Rogue Drone Tracking for Stadium Safety

Rogue Drone Tracking for Stadium Safety

July 11th, 2023

While drones are doing wonders across multiple industries and sectors, not everyone uses them with good intentions or with complete knowledge of airspace rules and regulations. The latter has become especially true for sporting events in different parts of the world.

The National Football League, for instance, counted some 1,400 incursions by drones during flight restrictions over and around stadiums during the 2021-22 season, with two men recently pleading guilty to illegally flying drones over Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds games. Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom, a drone pilot was fined nearly $4,500 this month for an illegal flight that forced a money-time professional soccer match to be halted after the drone hovered low over players.

So, it’s no surprise that US Congress has taken cognizance of the issue and introduced legislation that would equip law enforcement agencies with the necessary tools needed to detect and neutralize malicious or negligent drones. It’s a significant first step, but is it sufficient for stadiums and sporting venues?

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