Drones are popular

Drones are becoming increasingly more popular both in the consumer market as well as commercial applications. Where the consumer mainly uses it as a platform to take pictures and videos, the applications in the commercial segment are numerous. Ranging from crop management in agriculture to automated warehousing in the logistic industry. However, this increase in the use of drones also brings some considerable challenges and security risks.  

Some numbers

Indications that the drone-market and its risks are rapidly growing 

4.5 M

Every year more than 4.5M drones are sold

22 B

The current drone market is estimated at 22 billon Dollar 

+ 100

Yearly several hundred incidents are reported with drones 

50 M

A drone incident causing an airport to be closed for 33h resulted in a cost of 50 million Dollar 

Risk Mitigation Framework


A first step in anticipating on challenges arising from the increased drone usage, is their detection and localization. Unfortunately there is no silver bullet when it comes to acquiring this information. The difficulties in detecting and localizing a drone stem from both a technical point of view as well a the lack of standardization in legislation. In order to determine the most efficient solution for drone detection a risk mitigation framework is needed. This framework should link the required accuracy, coverage and risk mitigation to the technical solution. At Senhive we use following framework: 

  • Layered approach

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  • Scalable 


When zooming in on available technology for drone detection, we can distinguish two main categories:  


Cooperative drones

The category of cooperative drones can be defined as drones who actively broadcast a signal stating their type and location towards third parties. The type of required broadcast signal depends on the legislation of the country in which the drone is deployed. Therefor choosing a technology which can detect multiple types of broadcast signals provide a significant level of future proofing. Senhive developed the Sen-ID solution as an answer to these challenges

    Detects multiple signaltypes
    Anti spoofing protection
    Build-in redundancy

Non-cooperative drones 

Non-cooperative drones provide no active signal stating their localization to third parties and therefor provide the greatest challenge in relation to detection and localization. A layered approach where different technologies cover each others blind spot can provide a partial solution to detecting non-cooperative drones. At Senhive, we believe in a combination of following technologies:

    RF Sensors

Interested in which technology combination is the best fit for you?