Airport Security

Drones Gatwick – Consolidating the Game Changer – What We Learned

Drones Gatwick: The incidents which took place at Gatwick airport were enough to make anyone stop and pause. So many people noticed when things didn’t go so well, and there was a genuine sense of disbelief when the entire airport was brought to a halt when drones wandered in.

However, the country learned, and change was brought to life, so it wasn’t entirely pointless. We’re going to be looking at some of the different things that were learned and the lessons that were passed on, to see how far things have come.

Drones Gatwick: The Issue Can’t Be Ignored

One of the most interesting things that you’re going to notice when it comes to the incident at Gatwick airport is that this was a perfect example of people ignoring an issue.

We spend a lot of time trying to emphasise that drones can be a disruption. It’s not that we don’t like them, but instead want to try and promote a world where businesses, people and drones all live in harmony. However, what you used to find was that drones were just not important enough or big enough to be thought about. However, what they were is a crucial technology for people who wanted an easy way to disrupt without being tracked or noticed. In that regard, they were sorely underestimated and woefully ignored.

Drones Gatwick: Regulations

If there’s one thing that the whole event taught us, it’s that regulations didn’t prevent it and wouldn’t prevent it from happening again in the future. Since Gatwick, a number of legislation and regulation changes have come into play that could adversely impact on the take up of the technology and seem to be a quarter turn too tight in a sense that they will do more harm than good.

Legislation and regulation will only mitigate the risk against the majority of individuals who will look to follow and abide by them. The challenge to the security of national infrastructure sites is that those who choose to disrupt or worse will simply ignore legislation and regulation.

Drones Gatwick: Protection

The final lesson, and probably the most fundamental, to take away from this is that not enough facilities consider drones when planning their security systems. However, the rise in interest since Gatwick would suggest that this has changed from here on out, as it has been seen what drones can do. We believe raising the base level security is the better way in which to address the risks associated with drone misuse.

The lack of an effective countermeasure to mitigate the risk of commercial drones isn’t a problem. Identifying suppliers with actual products that are effective and have demonstrable installations will be the next challenge as many companies look to exploit the Gatwick incident.

Many companies have already begun to scope out drone defense solutions into their existing setup. It gives us hope that people are now understanding the potential threat that a drone can cause, and not dismiss them out of hand any longer.

Overall, it’s important to try and recognise that there are quite a few different lessons which can be learned from drones and we would be sensible to try and use the incident at Gatwick airport as a way of changing how we view drones and the good they can do. It’s easy to find ourselves getting worked up and annoyed at drones, but if we instead aim to provide a solution then we’ll have a much better time of things. There are many issues, but they need to be met with purpose, and not just frustration.

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