A unique, autonomous drone defence system, SkyWall300, is demonstrated at the Army Warfighting Experiment event in the UK.
OpenWorks and Antmicro combine industry-leading technology to create a unique drone defence system. Named SkyWall300, the system provides a unique capability to security authorities around the world, offering a safe method of defending against drone threats.
SkyWall300 was successfully demonstrated at the first round of the Autonomous Warrior – Advanced Warfighting Experiment in March 2018. The system was shown automatically tracking several targets with high precision, prior to engaging and capturing on the command of the operator.
OpenWork’s SkyWall technology allows for the long-range, physical capture, of drones. The drone is tangled in a specially designed net and lowered to the ground under a parachute. The SkyWall300 development builds on the proven SkyWall100 handheld drone capture system which is operationally deployed with law enforcement groups across the world.
Antmicro’s machine learning and neural-network based computer vision technology is used in SkyWall300’s tracking unit and provides feedback to OpenWorks’ turret control system. This allows drones to be tracked with very high accuracy and pinpoints the target with a laser to measure range. The OpenWorks turret also controls the launching system such that the only human involvement needed is the capture command.
The SkyWall300 system is designed to provide an autonomous tracking and capture capability which can be integrated with any detection technology to create an end-to-end counter-drone system.