Cost-effective and passive RF-based drone presence detection and characterization

Phuc Nguyen, Hoang Truong, Mahesh Ravindranathan, Anh Nguyen, Richard Han, Tam Vu

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The rapidly increasing attention regarding drone privacy and security issues requires a robust solution in both detecting and characterizing unauthorized drones. We have designed a RF-based, cost-effective and passive drone detection system, named Matthan, based on two key physical signatures of the drones, i.e., body shifting and body vibration, in the drone's wireless communication channel. In realizing Matthan, there are many open challenges in wireless sensing and networking, software-defined radio deployment, network synchronization to passively and accurately detect, localize, and characterize drones.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-34
Number of pages5
JournalGetMobile: Mobile Computing and Communications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


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