TRANSLATION OF THE agoria online article published 25/10/2016


On the occasion of the recent 60th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the member of Agoria BATS presented to interested IAEA delegations a solution to enable the fight against a possible new threat of the international terrorism: the use of drones as a terrorist weapon.


Terrorists drones

The message delivered by BATS at an IAEA meeting "parallel", organized by Agoria in cooperation with the IAEA and the Belgian Embassy in Vienna, could not have been clearer: the company has demonstrated, through an introductory video, how easy it was for terrorists today to commit acts of terror, attract media attention and to create panic within the population by using drones available on the market. In this video clip, a pilot shows how, using a submachine gun mounted on one of these drones, he shattered the rear window of a car and enter it to finally explode.

IAEA officials were taken aback by noting how easy it was, in fact, to penetrate into the perimeter of a nuclear power plant or any other critical industrial site with a drone and spread panic with an explosive charge.

The bunker housing the reactor of a nuclear plant is certainly designed to withstand the impact of a plane, and therefore also to some explosion, but panic can be triggered by terrorists through these new means, however, thought-provoking to measures to fight against this new threat. Drones now used for useful purposes, to distribute packets, perform visual inspection of gas lines or make measurements for agricultural applications, could in the future be equipped with a machine gun and explosive charges.


"Jammers" as the solution

The solution developed by the member company BATS against "terrorists drones" is twofold. It consists, in a first step, in a three-dimensional detection through a radar specially designed for this purpose, able to distinguish between a drone and a bird, for instance. A second device, the "jammer", will then scan all radio frequencies within a large bandwidth to scramble the unmanned drone radio signal, so that they become uncontrollable. A drone is generally programmed so that in the event of loss of control, it interrupts its flight, but remains in place until full discharge of the battery, before crashing to the ground. It can then be intercepted or destroyed remotely. BATS "jammer" may further blur the GPS signal without radio control drones, moving toward their goal on the basis of only GPS coordinates.

Both methods allow to intercept and neutralize any drone currently available on the market. Tests conducted by BATS on the field with a series of drones and radio controls resulted in a 100% neutralization score.

The radar system coupled with "jammer" is intended for passive securization of critical sites or facilities that may be threatened by drones. We think especially about sensitive industrial facilities, but also about places such as football stadiums, etc.


Technology moves faster than legislation

In this session, a Hungarian IAEA delegation highlighted the paradox of our society, where technology evolves faster than the law. It would invest in technologies such as BATS, but noted that the legal framework governing the use of drones was not even established yet. On what basis could it seek permission for the integration of security systems against these items?

BATS noted pragmatically that the terrorists did not care for the future shape of the EU legislation on the protection of privacy and the safe use of drones ... The technology exists and therefore there is an absolute necessity to act, to the extent that this technology may be misused.