Around the world, drones have become a problematic contraband delivery method for prisons. Drones are able to stealthily penetrate correctional facilities’ airspace and make drop-offs that human mules either cannot achieve or would require convoluted, well-timed planning.
Prison authorities have reported a large increase in cell phone, weapons and drug importation into correctional facilities due to drone activity. The drop-offs range from simple one time drops to more lucrative and reoccurring smuggling operations. Substances include anything from drugs to cigarettes to cellphones with inmates coordinating with “wingmen” outside the prison walls, even going so far as delivering contraband directly to an inmate’s window.
This presents multiple security risks within the correctional facilities by re-establishing a link with the outside world. Despite being incarcerated, individuals can still communicate and engage in illegal activities if drones are carting substances to and from prisons. Thus, drone detection, identification, and mitigation strategies are required for reducing smuggling activities. SkyView UAS detection solutions empower prisons to protect and secure their facilities quickly since deployment of SkyView is much less demanding than other drone detection technology. SkyView-DI provides continuous UAS detection while SkyView-MP could be temporarily circulated to lower priority facilities or vehicle movements for improved situational awareness.
Skyview’s current detection and tracking library is capable of identifying the most prolific and capable publicly available drones from a range of vendors. With SkyView detection capabilities, correctional facilities can be better secured from in-air threats that walls and barbed wire cannot curb.
Potential threats sUAS pose to Correctional Facilities