MIA to become test site for new drone detection technology
Miami International Airport is to be used as a test site by the US’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to trial new drone detection technology.
The initial test of technologies that will detect, track, and identify (DTI) drones – also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) – from entering into restricted airspace.
“TSA’s establishment and management of this assessment of UAS detection technologies is a critical part of our agency’s overall strategy to collect data for further deployments of equipment at US airports,” said TSA Federal Security Director, Daniel Ronan.
The TSA’s Counter-UAS capability manager, Jim Bamberger, added: “The UAS threat to airports has increased exponentially over the last several years, which is why it is vital we begin assessing the effectiveness of UAS DTI technologies in live airport environments.
“We are thrilled to partner with MIA on such a mission critical project that will pave the way for future technology assessments and help protect airports nationwide against UAS threats.”
The TSA chose MIA as the first UAS DTI testbed due to an ongoing perimeter intrusion technology pilot as well as the strong existing partnerships with the airport.
“We are extremely proud to be chosen by TSA for this landmark test of drone detection technology, which will reap unprecedented security benefits for MIA and our sister airports across the country,” said MIA’s director and CEO, Lester Sola.
“We look forward to bolstering our strong partnership with TSA through this new initiative, as we continue to advance our shared priority of enhancing the safety and security of our passengers, employees and business partners.”
Throughout the MIA test bed process, equipment will be tested and evaluated, and the data collected will be shared with the interagency and industry stakeholders for further evaluation and assessment.
The information and data collected from the test will assist with finding effective solutions that mitigate the risks that unauthorised UAS operations pose to the nation’s transportation system.