Researchers Discover How to Locate UAV Operator Using UAV’s Path Written 8 July 2020


A drone operator retrieves a drone after photographing over Hart Island in New York, 29 April 2018. | Seth Wenig; Associated Press-©

HelpNetSecurity reports that researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) “have determined how to pinpoint the location of a drone operator who may be operating maliciously or harmfully near airports or protected airspace by analyzing the flight path of the drone.” Lead Researcher Eliyahu Mashhadi said, “Currently, drone operators are located using RF techniques and require sensors around the flight area which can then be triangulated. ... This is challenging due to the amount of other Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and IoT signals in the air that obstruct drone signals.” However, Mashhadi said, “Our system can now identify patterns in the drone’s route when the drone is in motion, and use it to locate the drone operator.” When “tested in simulated drone paths, the model was able to predict the operator location with 78% accuracy.” The “next step in the project would be to repeat this experiment with data captured from real drones.”
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