You Can Now Build a Drone Detection System

The use of drones for personal use has increased exponentially in recent years. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, the Federal Aviation Administration imposes no guidelines on these individuals and there have been many mishaps. Drones crashing into buildings or nosediving onto sidewalks are some things that have not only happened, but are also incredibly dangerous.

There are also serious privacy concerns surrounding these unmanned aircraft. Because many drones are equipped with cameras and video-recorders, it’s not uncommon for pilots to record their flights along with anything else they want. If somebody wanted to fly a drone in front of your house and record you, it’s entirely possible. And the worst part about this is that it’s completely legal.

If you’ve ever wanted to do something about drones flying in your vicinity, then you may be able to really soon. APlus Mobile, a company that develops and manufactures computer hardware, has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for their new endeavor: Domestic Drone Countermeasures. If enough backers pledge the modest $8,500 goal, the company will start producing its Personal Drone Detection System that will alert you whenever someone is flying a drone near you.

“The intent of [our] Personal Drone Detection System is not to counter military drones. They fly too high and are too sophisticated. Our intent is to keep your privacy safe from your neighbors and people you may not know who are flying small drones near your home or office. The Personal Drone Detection Systems are intended to counter small, personal drones with cameras and other sensors that are not being regulated.”

– Domestic Drone Countermeasures 

A prototype of the Drone Detection System

A prototype of the Drone Detection System

Consisting of three units (a primary command box, a control module, and two detection sensor nodes), the Personal Drone Detection System creates a mesh grid network that can triangulate moving transmitters. Everything is connected to your personal Wi-Fi network and you’ll get notifications sent to the primary command box or your smartphone, tablet, or computer, whenever a drone is detected overhead.

Domestic Drone Countermeasures claims a wireless mesh network is optimal for drone detection for a couple of reasons:

1. Detection Grids are “self configuring;” [sic] the network automatically incorporates a new node into the existing structure without needing any adjustments by a network administrator.

2. Detection Grids are “self healing,” [sic] since the network automatically finds the fastest and most reliable paths to send data, even if nodes are blocked or lose their signal.

The Personal Drone Detection System is expandable, which means you’ll be able to purchase additional detection sensor nodes to create a large coverage area. Depending on how much you want to monitor, you could potentially create a “no-fly zone” around your home. While the system won’t prevent drones from flying, it will alert you of intruders so you can take action. What you do after being notified is up to you, and that’s where legal issues come into play.

If you think you can shoot drones out of the sky because they are flying over your property, think again. According to US federal law: “whoever willfully sets fire to, damages, destroys, disables, or wrecks any civil aircraft, shall be fined or imprisoned not more than twenty years or both.” It’s this legal loophole that keeps drone pilots happy and flying, and civilians frustrated and confused.

Still, the Personal Drone Detection System is the first step in securing people’s privacy once again. By fighting technology with technology (instead of weapons), there are many potential upgrades that could possibly disable unmanned aircraft and create a “no-fly zone” in the future. Until then, you’ll just have to go inside the house whenever you hear the drone alarm.

What would you do if you knew a drone was flying over your house?

18 Responses to You Can Now Build a Drone Detection System

  1. Robert Barkoski June 21, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    Perhaps a targeting system with a paintball gun can be used to shoot at the drones.

  2. Massive Overkill June 21, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

    The irony of Newegg supporting something like this is like Newegg supporting anti-technology zealots claiming computers are evil. I’m willing to bet that most people who fly multirotors are your very own customers and don’t appreciate you vilifying them. I’ve bought over $30K work of computer stuff from Newegg in the past 10 years and seriously thinking of sending my business elsewhere. Ironic that you all also sell the Evil drones on your website.

    • The Giant June 27, 2014 at 11:26 am #

      C’mon Massive, I honestly don’t feel they are vilifying customers. Hey they sell drones, OK. The detection devices and software are also cool stuff.

      • Massive Overkill June 27, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

        They are encouraging false fears propagated by the media, which casts the majority of multicopter operators as perverts trying to spy on you. Domestic Drone Countermeasures is simply trying to cash in on this.

        • The Giant June 27, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

          I don’t see that “They” are encouraging false fears. All of the people I know who use them (drones) do so for unique new perspectives in photography. The devices shown are totally passive and a valid and simple response to the new technology. If “They” were fear mongers they would be selling us the jamming hardware that would bring these drones down, that technology is already for sale if you know where to look. Cause and effect gentlemen.

          • Massive Overkill June 27, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

            I guess you don’t watch the news much.

  3. James June 21, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

    Oh nice. Now I can sue the living nuts off anyone who disrupts my aircraft. I was needing a new source of income anyways.

    • mons73r July 1, 2014 at 3:13 am #

      Pfft, you wouldn’t be able to do ****, and that’s if you even found the person. Besides, these aren’t for jamming in the first place.

  4. Jay June 21, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

    This is not something I’d have expected newegg to post. Being a website that sells technology. There’s a huge difference between drone and a R/C quad copter with a camera.

    Also, this is just baiting those who want to take out anyone flying their quadcopter or anything similar.

    Stop baiting the masses with bull**** and start teaching or sharing facts.
    It needs to be explained that this hobby is growing as said but as its growing there will be growing pains. There’s no reason to target other peoples hobby. For one its hell of alot safer than an R/C airplane and mor accessible.

  5. tod June 21, 2014 at 7:45 pm #

    Paranoid dribble.

  6. Jeremy Beasley June 22, 2014 at 2:21 am #

    I would tell the person flying it that it is NOT A DRONE! Then I would take my own multi-rotars and show them how it’s done.

  7. Jacob Williams June 22, 2014 at 6:13 am #

    I wouldn’t care, I’m not paranoid that people are trying to spy on me in my yard like some people are, most I would do is wave at it.

  8. Karen July 25, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

    Gee I feel so naked!!!

  9. Lt.Zone September 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    civil aircraft thats no loop hole i have incorporated a 10 second warning signal system sent imediatly to any monitoring system visual ,audio or radio control device that they have entered a no fly zone and will be grounded by any means necessary if the craft,drone,rc or any other device doesnot exit the no fly zone asap

  10. Keg October 2, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    This is a warning system plain and simple. A great product for companies to protect intellectual property from prying eyes; similar to what is being used on the Star Wars set. I don’t think the advertising was done well, but the product is not a bad thing.

  11. manny November 3, 2014 at 1:52 am #

    I like the drones i think thier awsome , but why over me

  12. Monty February 12, 2015 at 7:56 am #

    This detector will not work if the drone is flying a preset pattern by GPS, because the RF transmitter is not being used. Did they account for that?

    • Ivan B. February 12, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

      @Monty: Interesting…can you explain this further?

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