MBA Graduate’s Drone technology to combat drug smuggling in UK Prisons
Technology entrepreneur, Richard Gill MBA, hopes his Drone business can help stem the tide of drugs coming into UK Prisons after his state of the art technology received Government backing.
Richard, an MBA Graduate from the University of Northampton and Founder & CEO of Drone Defence – saw his Prison drone technology, SkyFence, praised in the House of Commons by UK Prisons Minister, Rory Stewart.
SkyFence is an electronic countermeasures system which prevents drones from flying into or close to a protected location by disrupting its command and navigation radio transmissions.
Drone Defence recently received international media attention after SkyFence was successfully deployed at Guernsey Prison.
As Richard explains, the demand is high for this technology to be installed in Prisons across the UK, due to the rising threat of drug smuggling through drones.
Richard said: “Drones are fantastic tools when used responsibly but, like many things, the technology can be abused to cause harm like smuggling contraband into prisons. Our SkyFence is an elegant solution to help protect prisons from illegal drone use. Our system in Guernsey is the first of its kind in the world and is in high demand. We are now working with Government to see how we can deploy it in the UK.”
According to a report by Grand View Research, Inc, the global anti-drone market size anticipated to reach $1.85 billion by 2024.
Following recent drone emergencies at both Gatwick and Heathrow Airport, Richard feels his company can position themselves right at the forefront of this surge, particularly in the UK.
He added: “Drone Defence has grown, in terms of status, revenue and technology. We have positioned ourselves as a thought leader, as well as a capability and equipment provider for a whole range of companies. We are in a very early stage market at the moment – so the major money isn’t being released on drones as yet by the bigger corporations.
“But we saw the drone incidents at Gatwick and Heathrow in late 2018, and that has definitely woken the main market up to the threats that can be posed and now more budget is being allocated to this technology.”
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