Technology Alerts Stadium Security of Drone and Controller for Quick Response, Threat Mitigation, and Guest Safety
HOLMDEL, N.J. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — October 17, 2019 — AeroDefense, the leading provider of domestically legal drone detection systems, today announced that MetLife Stadium selected the AeroDefense Drone Detection System, AirWarden™, to provide an early warning system for drones.
MetLife Stadium is home to the New York Jets and New York Football Giants and hosts many large-scale events including concerts, international soccer, and college football games.
No one should fly a drone in proximity to a large gathering of people for a variety of security and safety-related reasons. In addition, MetLife Stadium is in close proximity to Teterboro Airport where there are significant FAA regulations that govern flying a drone.
MetLife Stadium is constantly striving to ensure the safety and security of its guests and in 2017 began to evaluate many different types of drone detection systems, including radar, radio frequency (RF), acoustic, and camera systems.
“RF is currently the best solution to identify where the drone and operator are, and the only one that we found that can detect the drone and controller when the RF connection is first established,” said Daniel DeLorenzi, Vice President Security & Safety Services at MetLife Stadium. “Therefore, it’s possible that we can detect the drone before it even takes off.”
Once a controller or drone is detected, AirWarden notifies MetLife Stadium security staff so they can respond immediately. The system has been extensively tested in a stadium environment to ensure reliable detection and a low false-positive rate.
“During NFL tailgating, the background RF noise at MetLife Stadium can be significantly greater than a normal urban environment. This is due to fans live-streaming television, using cell phones, dashcams, and even WiFi-enabled tailgating grills. So we’ve worked diligently with MetLife Stadium and our team of developers to optimize the detection capabilities of our AirWarden system,” said Linda Ziemba, Founding CEO of AeroDefense.
As a result of the early warning provided by the AirWarden system, MetLife Stadium and local law enforcement have been able to interdict many different types of drones and create a safer and more secure environment.
AeroDefense provides solutions to detect drones and pilots at stadiums, correctional facilities, critical infrastructure, and other high-value targets. AeroDefense’s Drone and Pilot Detection, Location and Alert System, AirWarden™, detects Radio Frequency (RF) drone signals, locates both drone and pilot (controller), and alerts appropriate personnel via text, email, or command center console. AirWarden has participated at multiple Army and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) drone detection technology assessments and recently received the Developmental Testing and Evaluation Designation under the DHS SAFETY Act (Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002). It is the first and only technology of its kind to be recognized by the DHS SAFETY Act. Based in Holmdel, NJ, USA, AeroDefense is a privately held, woman-owned company that operates within the legal requirements of drone detection technologies. To learn more about AeroDefense’s Drone and Pilot Detection, Location and Alert System, please visit www.aerodefense.tech.
About MetLife Stadium
MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Jets and New York Giants, is an 82,500 seat stadium, one of the largest in the National Football League. It sets the standard for venue excellence with state-of-the-art technology, comfort, and amenities. MetLife Stadium has ranked No. 1 for safety by Security Magazine’s “Security 500” in the Spectator Sports (Facilities) Division.
For more information, visit www.metlifestadium.com.
Lexi Rinaudo, Marketing Manager