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TERRA VIGILIS EXPERTS SAY GEN MITCHELL AIRPORT IS VULNERABLE
Waukesha, WI. Jan 8, 2019 – Terra Vigilis Security Group, LLC. today reports that all major airports could face a shutdown like London’s Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. In fact, many airports and other facilities, both public and private, are vulnerable to drone incursions which could cause serious threats to infrastructure, but more importantly, to human life.
Terra Vigilis Security Group has been in contact with the principal stakeholders at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee and has organized a drone security exercise which will take place in the near future.
Timothy Tyre, president and CEO of Terra Vigilis Security Group, a Waukesha Wisconsin based company dedicated to drone threat detection and mitigation, said “drones represent a new and increasingly powerful threat to safety and security.” Mr. Tyre and his staff have been performing vulnerability assessments for public and private companies as well as military and other sites in order to provide these assets the tools with which to combat such threats.
To this end, Terra Vigilis has partnered with WhiteFox Defense, a California based company that has developed a means to suppress the intrusion potential of rogue drones. Luke Fox, Founder and CEO of WhiteFox (www.whitefoxdefense.com) said:
“Today’s incident at Heathrow highlights the pressing need for better protection of our skies. Steps must be taken to secure airspace, particularly over critical infrastructure such as airports. We must mitigate drone threats while still enabling ‘good drones’ to operate. Drones have untold potential to benefit society, but progress has been limited due to a few bad actors. Current solutions, including the technology WhiteFox has developed, can mitigate both malicious and careless threats without deployment of human intervention, while we can enhance technologies with companies like Terra Vigilis, who provide advanced threat analysis. The Gatwick incident was preventable. We encourage governments, and any organization which may be vulnerable to this type of disruption, to explore the solutions available to secure their airspace and protect their people.”
We need to protect our airspace and infrastructure from rogue drones. Counter-drone technology is available today to prevent unlawful drone incursions and provide law enforcement the information needed to arrest and prosecute the individuals responsible for threatening us through the unlawful use of drones.
For information and interviews contact:
Timothy Tyre, President, CEO Terra Vigilis; 414-581-1670
John Palese, VP, Terra Vigilis; 414-745-0120
Glen Brandt, VP, COO Terra Vigilis; 262-239-0247
Terra Vigilis Security Group and WhiteFox Defense Technologies announce a strategic partnership whose mission is to save lives, protect property, and safeguard privacy from unauthorized drones using counter-drone technologies.
Waukesha, Wisconsin – November 12, 2018 – Terra Vigilis Security Group, a Wisconsin based corporation and WhiteFox Defense Technologies announce the availability of drone airspace security systems that protect high risk, high value infrastructures through surgical, selective, and safe removal of unauthorized unmanned aircraft (UA) in sensitive airspace. Today, Terra Vigilis Security Group and WhiteFox Defense Technologies provide aerial security, systems training and certification.
“We are very excited to be partnering with WhiteFox Defense Technologies and their industry-leading drone detection and mitigation technologies,” said Dr. Timothy Tyre, President and CEO of Terra Vigilis Security Group. “WhiteFox Defense Technologies has met the highest standards of the Department of Defense (DOD) for field hardened equipment which is reliable, accurate and effective.”
“The best counter-drone approach is the one that promotes true airspace safety and security, which often may require an array of products, services, and partnerships,” said CEO Luke Fox. “We are excited to aid Terra Vigilis Security Group in the mission to provide customers with a safe and informed counter-UAS experience.”
WhiteFox Defense Technologies is pioneering the safe integration of drones into society. WhiteFox Defense Technologies has created DroneFox, the only technology to exploit the world’s most common encrypted drone communications protocol. DroneFox is able to comprehensively Detect, Identity and Mitigate an expansive library of authorized and unauthorized drones in the airspace. Terra Vigilis Security Group plans, installs, and trains organizations in the fixed-base counter-drone systems including the DroneFox. Terra Vigilis Security Group provides a comprehensive counter-drone service beginning with threat analysis and carrying through to readiness simulations and systems implementation.
As more drone incidents and airspace intrusions are occurring, organizations protecting their infrastructure must be proactive and protect their airspace from drone threats. The latest US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aerospace forecast predicts that there will be between 2.75 million and 4.47 million hobby drones operating in the United States by 2021. The same forecast predicts that there will be between 238,000 and 1.6 million commercial drones operating in the United States by 2021. Today, unintentional harm is done by both Clueless and Careless drone operators, white intentional harm is done by Criminal drone operators. Organizations under threat from drones include airports, aerial services (e.g. flight-for-life, fire-fighters), protective services (e.g. law enforcement), prisons, critical infrastructures, large open public venues (e.g. stadiums, open-air events) and data management centers espionage.
In the US, aerial forest fire fighters had incidents with drones 36 times resulting in 25 groundings of firefighting aircraft. Prisons are a prime target for Criminal drone operators. Drones can be easily flown over prison security systems and drop illegal contraband into prison yards leading to dangerous situations for guards and other prisoners. Today, illicit drone flights surge along the US-Mexico border as smugglers look for vulnerabilities.
Last September, FBI Director Christopher Wray told a Senate panel that he expects that terrorists would be using unmanned aerial vehicles in attacks against the US in the near future. Terrorists are using drones for attacks in other countries, he said, so it is only a matter of time before they are used in the US.
The timing for counter-drone technologies and services are very good. Government regulations now green-light such protective services. (October 2018 via the FAA Reauthorization Bill). Terra Vigilis Security Group has secured a strategic partnership with WhiteFox Defense Technologies whose systems are at the forefront of counter-drone technologies. WhiteFox Defense Technologies systems are effective and law compliant. Not only can the counter-drone systems detect and locate drones and the drone’s operators, they can mitigate (i.e. stop drone penetration) and can do so for multiple drones at one time.
Today, Terra Vigils Security Group and WhiteFox Defense Technologies can provide aerial security now and into the future.
Imminent Drone Threats 2018
A specialty conference for selected decision makers
THIS IS NOW CLOSED
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Registration: 0830 – 0900
Conference: 0900 – 1500
Silver Spring Country Club
N56 W21318 Silver Spring Drive
Menomonee Falls, WI 5305
A confirmed invitation is required for security and badging.
To request an invitation:
email P J Kirkpatrick at: email@example.com
or call P J at: 262 737-8327
Today, Whitefox Defense technology products can detect reliably the presence of drones beyond the of sight. We will describe and demonstrate features of this technology. It operates in the background until it detects a drone and alerts a nearby operator. The alerted operator is in full control and may choose to force it to land. This electronic mitigation does not use any form of jamming and is safe to use around airports and other sensitive locations.
The participant will leave with a clear understanding of the dangers presented by drones and several available defense mechanisms to keep their facilities safe from the Clueless, Careless or Criminal operators of aerial drones.
First-Ever Drone Swarm Attack Has Struck Russian Military Bases, Sources Claim
5 July 2017
Sunday’s incident at Gatwick, where a drone spotted on the airport’s final approach path caused the runway to be closed for two separate periods, has understandably received a lot of press coverage.
The incident caused significant knock-on effects for air traffic control, beyond just stopping arrivals while the runway was closed and caused serious disruption in the sky above southern England.
It is always the airport’s decision whether to close the runway to arriving aircraft. Safety is always going to be the number one priority and Gatwick was left with little choice on this occasion, given the location of the drone.
Our job is to work with the airport to manage and minimise the disruption caused by such a closure. This is no small challenge when you’re talking about the world’s busiest single runway airport in some of the world’s busiest airspace, particularly during a busy summer weekend. I was in the Operations Room when the call came in on Sunday.
Our first job was to divert aircraft coming into land away from the runway. This meant tactically manoeuvring aircraft to avoid the runway, which significantly increases controller workloads. This is where a controller’s extensive training really comes to the fore, managing multiple aircraft in a relatively confined area of airspace…and keeping them safely separated at all times.
We directed the aircraft back to the two holds that support Gatwick – one called Timba to the South East of the airport and another called Willo to the South West. You can see this in the radar replay footage below. With the runway closed, these holds soon started to fill up and it wasn’t long before we had to open the contingency hold – Mayfield – as well.
Published on Dec 27, 2017
Bill English took us on a tour of the NTSB research facility in Ashburn virginia to detail the drone/helicopter crash that occcured in New York earlier this year. Was the pilot following the rules? What happened to the helicopter? How did the NTSB find the drone pilot? All this and more in today’s episode.