Croatia Control and D-Fend successfully demonstrated an integrated counter drone solution at Spilt Airport on 16 August, during a period of increased commercial traffic in front of representatives from ANSPs and civil aviation agencies from eight countries and representatives of interested national representatives of the Ministry of the Interior, civil aviation agency, airports, fire departments, Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, and others.
The exercise proved the compatibility of Croatia Control’s AMC Portal system, through which drone flights are approved and managed in the Republic of Croatia, with D-Fend’s EnforceAir system for the detection, identification, and protection against unauthorized drone flights.
Croatia Control has integrated D-FEND’s solution with its AMC Portal to create a unique solution acceptable to ANSPs for providing UTM services in the immediate vicinity of airports.
The AMC Portal system has integrated services and functions for approving and managing drone flights, whereas its integration with the EnforceAir system enables the reception of real-time drone flight images. This raises the safety of drone flight operations in the vicinity of airports to an even higher level, because ATC can see – through the AMC Portal system, which has been in operation in the Republic of Croatia since 2017 – whether the drone is within the approved flight area (laterally and in terms of the altitude), and whether there are any drones flying in the vicinity of the airport that did not report their flight or receive a clearance from the competent ATC unit.
The coordination process through the AMC Portal between the competent ATC unit and the user was demonstrated in real time, as well as the approval of drone flights, procedure related to the request for the urgent discontinuation of activity, display of the position and trajectory of the drone within the approved area, and procedures in case of leaving the approved drone flight zone and the occurrence of unauthorized drone flights.
By integrating the two systems, it is possible to use the functionality of the EnforceAir system to act against unauthorized drone flights by taking them over or disabling flights within a predetermined area defined in the AMC Portal system, which also resolves the issue of illegal drone flights in the vicinity of airports.
The demonstration proved the compatibility of the AMC Portal system, through which drone flights are approved and managed in the Republic of Croatia, with the EnforceAir system for the detection, identification, and protection against unauthorized drone flights.
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