Micro UAV crime prevention: Can we help Princess Leia?

Ritchie, M., Fioranelli, F. and Borrion, H. (2017) Micro UAV crime prevention: Can we help Princess Leia? In: LeClerc, B. and Savona, E. U. (eds.) Crime Prevention in the 21st Century: Insightful Approaches for Crime Prevention Initiatives. Springer: New York, pp. 359-376. ISBN 9783319277912 (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-27793-6_21)

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Crime rates are known to be affected by changes in crime opportunity structures. Amongst the current causes of change are emerging technologies, and in particular, micro unmanned aerial vehicles (micro UAV). As those devices are becoming increasingly sophisticated, the perceived rewards, difficulties and risks associated with the commission of certain crimes can be significantly influenced. Detection of micro UAVs or those who operate them is therefore increasingly regarded as an important aspect of the prevention of future drone crimes. In this chapter, we empirically demonstrate the possibility of using a conventional radar system to detect micro UAVs flying and hovering in its line of sight, and discuss one the main limitations: target identification. Using a DJI Phantom 2 vision+ drone and a multistatic radar system operating at 2.4 GHz, we show that the radar signal scattered from this target is approximately ten times weaker than that scattered by a person. These experimental results with detection of a micro UAV in time and Doppler domain using a multistatic radar are believed to be the first of this kind reported in the literature.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fioranelli, Dr Francesco
Authors: Ritchie, M., Fioranelli, F., and Borrion, H.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Published Online:28 August 2016

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