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SkyWall Protects the Berlin Air Show with GUARDION

SkyWall100 will be deployed to protect the Berlin Air Show from drone threats, ensuring security and safety can be enforced.

German policing authorities will be deploying SkyWall100 again at the Berlin Air Show, as part of a system called GUARDION, and thus alongside other technology from across Europe; radar systems will detect potential targets and electronic countermeasures will work with SkyWall to track and stop any confirmed threats.

All of the deployed technologies and products are linked together using a command and control system that was originally developed for the military: TARANIS® by ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik- GmbH. Based near Munich in Germany, ESG has identified the most capable products that mitigate the drone threat and united them into a layered defence system to achieve a highly capable complete system, called “GUARDION”.

GUARDION, the Counter-UAS solution of ESG and its cooperation partners Rohde & Schwarz and Diehl Defence, as well as other GUARDION Selected Suppliers such as OpenWorks Engineering, is based on the mission-proven system used to secure major political events such as the G7 summit in Elmau in 2015, the state visit of President Obama in June 2016 and the G20 summit in Hamburg in 2017.

The GUARDION system allows drones to be detected, tracked and neutralised in a safe way. Allowing it to be deployed in built-up areas and public spaces. The SkyWall net capture systems ensure that drones can be quickly and safely neutralised when required.




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SkyWall300 Demonstrated at AWE18

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.

SkyWall300 on show at Countering Drones in London in April

The OpenWorks team will be presenting the production SkyWall100 drone defence system at the countering drones conference in London April 17-19th.

SkyWall is a system that enables any security authority the ability to protect assets from the threats posed by drones. SkyWall100 is a man-portable, cost effective system that captures a drone in a net and then brings it to the ground under a parachute.

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