Indian researchers develop AI-powered counter drone solution

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras report development of counter drone technology capable of detecting “Rogue drones visually using algorithms powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI): and hacking them to change their flight path or land safely”. The AI powered motion detection algorithms can detect motion even in dark conditions.

The research was carried out by a team from IIT’s Department of Aerospace Engineering by Vasu Gupta, a final year B. Tech student and Project Associate working in RAFT Lab, mentored by Dr Ranjith Mohan, Assistant Professor. The development is targeted for use by law enforcement agencies, security services and armed forces to help secure airspace over critical civilian and military installations.

An IIT facebook post said: “A major advantage of this system is that it can be controlled over the internet and can navigate autonomously, by hacking their GPS, follow the target drone and change its flight path or land safely. The programmable nature of the aerial vehicles also opens up the possibility of swarming of drones and hence can intelligently detect and track people, drones, vehicles and other objects.”

The next step will be to conduct exhaustive tests on the system and ensure its reliability for catering to a wide range of demanding missions.

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