The joined C-UAS solution deployed at the NATO TIE exercise met all expectations.
Munich/Stocksfield, November 12, 2021 – Rohde & Schwarz and OpenWorks have
collaborated to prove a new high performance and autonomous 3D detection and tracking
system for use in counter unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) missions. Integrated through
the new SAPIENT standard protocol and tested at the
NATO Technical Interoperability Exercise (TIE) event in De Peel Airbase in the
Netherlands, the solution combines the proven R&S ARDRONIS drone detection solution
with the recently released SkyAI Autonomous Optical technology.
Rohde & Schwarz and OpenWorks successfully prove C-UAS solution
during NATO Technical Interoperability Exercise. (Images: Rohde & Schwarz)
NATO TIE will evaluate how the latest autonomous C-UAS sensors interact, using
a new "plug and play" standard called SAPIENT (Sensing for Asset Protection with
Integrated Electronic Networked Technology), with the latest command and control
systems and decision engines; ultimately testing performance against escalating
UAS threats. The technology from Rohde & Schwarz and OpenWorks are individually
or combined autonomous sensing modules (ASM), and fused with the network data.
R&S ARDRONIS provides a primary detection capability to locate unmanned aircraft
and remote controller (pilot) using a very reliable spectrum analysis approach.
SkyAI takes the 2D data from the ARDRONIS output and combines it with data being
provided through the SAPIENT network from other sensors. It then takes control of
any EO/IR camera system to search for the UAS autonomously using real-time advanced
AI target classification, locking on to the target UAS and streaming high-quality
video to the system operator for further threat analysis. SkyAI fuses data from
the EO/IR and R&S ARDRONIS sensors to provide a full 3D location of the UAS
being tracked back to the command-and-control system. All of this was successfully
tested during the NATO TIE exercise.
"It is really exciting to collaborate with Rohde & Schwarz on this exercise
and the combination of our technology. We share the same enthusiasm and drive to
develop the best performing systems. I know there will be more to come from this
partnership," Chris Down, OpenWorks Managing Director, said.
"The joined C-UAS solution deployed at the NATO TIE exercise met all expectations,
thanks to the great collaboration we have with OpenWorks," concluded Frank Mayer,
Vice President Spectrum Monitoring and C-UAS, Rohde & Schwarz.
About Rohde & Schwarz
The Rohde & Schwarz technology group is among the trailblazers when it comes
to paving the way for a safer and connected world with its leading solutions in
test & measurement, technology systems, and networks & cybersecurity. Founded
more than 85 years ago, the group is a reliable partner for industry and government
customers around the globe. On June 30, 2021, Rohde & Schwarz had around 13,000
employees worldwide. The independent group achieved a net revenue of EUR 2.34 billion
in the 2020/2021 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich,
About OpenWorks Engineering
OpenWorks Engineering has developed innovative technologies that are already
deployed in integrated counter-drone systems used by the world's leading security
and counter terrorism authorities, the SkyWall family. SkyWall systems offer defence
and security organisations the capability to autonomously classify, track and capture
drone targets; protecting the public, VIPs, service personnel, and critical and
sensitive infrastructure from the threats posed by drones. The SkyWall Autonomous
Optics products make use of the latest developments in deep-learning neural network
classification to quickly and reliably detect and classify a target. They achieve
industry leading tracking performance by controlling the camera motion using AI,
applicable to new and existing PTZ hardware SkyWall Net Capture systems are operationally
deployed and provide the ability to physically capture a drone in a specifically
designed "drone entangling" net. They are often used in conjunction with electronic
countermeasures for a layered defence, or in environments where electronic attack
cannot be deployed. They offer a cost effective, proportionate and physical response
to the drone threat. All SkyWall products are designed to be integrated with a simple
to use software development kit. Many C-UAS systems already have the SkyWall interface
implemented. More details can be found at
further information, please contact: James Cross, Director, OpenWorks Engineering
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Posted November 12, 2021