DroneShield launches new DroneLocator firmware for Remote ID detection

DroneShield's counter-drone system DroneSentry. Image credit: DroneShield

Counter-UAS solutions manufacturer DroneShield has rolled out a major firmware update for its global fleet of counter-drone devices. 

The new firmware, DroneLocator technology, is designed to enable DroneShield devices to detect a variety of Remote ID signals. The enhancements apply to the company’s man-portable, vehicle/ship and fixed-site products. 

DroneLocator can display DJI Remote ID signals previously only available via the DJI Aerospace product. The firmware can also show critical information such as drone location, pilot location, home location, and even serial number. 

The introduction of Remote ID legislation globally has pushed drone manufacturers to develop remote identification approaches designed to broadcast critical information about the aircraft, location data, flight information and pilot details. 

The technology is becoming increasingly important in the management of the low altitude airspace, DroneShield said in an ASX announcement

Devices enrolled for DroneLocator will also receive a quarterly update to the proprietary DroneShield RFAI Artificial Intelligence engine. While DroneLocator provides a solution for detecting and tracking compliant and legal aircraft, RFAI technology continues to provide a solution for unlawful, unregistered, and hostile drones.

Both solutions can be run simultaneously on a single DroneShield device, with DroneShield products running AI processing on edge. Both RFAI and DroneLocator can also operate in a completely air-gapped configuration. 

Among the major updates brought by DroneLocator are major improvements to the detection algorithms including an advanced convolutional neural network, which enhances detection performance in complex, cluttered, high-noise environments. 

Furthermore, DroneSentry-X devices are now capable of loading and displaying a map for improved situational awareness. 

“The addition of DroneLocator to our detection technology suite is the continuation of our long-term strategy to offer major enhancements to the existing product range via our software subscription model. We are pleased the technology is available immediately for all our existing end-user community. This technology has been heavily requested by the C-UAS and adjacent industries,” said Angus Bean, chief technology officer at DroneShield.