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Drone monitoring system to be trialled at Port of Amsterdam

A four week trial of Martek’s M.A.D.S (Marine Anti Drone Systems) drone detection technology is to take place at the Port of Amsterdam, with the aim of building an understanding of how, where and why drones are flying over the port.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Port customers have begun to use drones for a variety of projects such as infrastructure inspection and measurement of environmental parameters. The data collected from this pilot will be used to influence policy on the future application of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) across the 650ha Port area.

“This trial is an important part of our innovation strategy,” said Joost Zuidema, project manager innovation at Port of Amsterdam and the man overseeing the trial for the Port Authority.

“The M.A.D.S system gives us a first opportunity to get a feeling for the technology that will help us understand drone usage and make a first assessment on unwanted drone flights in a part of our port.”

“As the Port Authority we do want to ensure drone flights in our port are carried out safely and responsibly, within the laws and regulations.”

The M.A.D.S system will monitor legal and illegal drones flying across the Port’s land by detecting and identifying drones within a 5km range, providing GPS positioning of both drone and pilot together with the drone’s speed and heading. Configurable escalating stage alarms can be set and delivered in real time.{/mprestriction}

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