Investigating cost-effective RF-based detection of drones

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

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Abstract

Beyond their benign uses, civilian drones have increasingly been used in problematic ways that have stirred concern from the public and authorities. While many anti-drone systems have been proposed to take them down, such systems often rely on a fundamental assumption that the presence of the drone has already been detected and is known to the defender. However, there is a lack of an automated cost-effective drone detection system. In this paper, we investigate a drone detection system that is designed to autonomously detect and characterize drones using radio frequency wireless signals. In particular, two technical approaches are proposed. The first approach is active tracking where the system sends a radio signal and then listens for its reflected component. The second approach is passive listening where it receives, extracts, and then analyzes observed wireless signal. We perform a set of preliminary experiments to explore the feasibility of the approaches using WARP and USRP software-defined platforms. Our preliminary results illustrate the feasibility of the proposed system and identify the challenges for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDroNet 2016 - Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Micro Aerial Vehicle Networks, Systems, and Applications for Civilian Use
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages17-22
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450344050
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd Workshop on Micro Aerial Vehicle Networks, Systems, and Applications for Civilian Use, DroNet 2016 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 26 Jun 2016 → …

Publication series

NameDroNet 2016 - Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Micro Aerial Vehicle Networks, Systems, and Applications for Civilian Use, co-located with MobiSys 2016

Conference

Conference2nd Workshop on Micro Aerial Vehicle Networks, Systems, and Applications for Civilian Use, DroNet 2016
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period26/06/16 → …

Keywords

  • Drone detection
  • RF
  • UAVs
  • Wireless technology

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