SANTA CLARA, CA JULY 17, 2018 – Jaz Banga, CEO of Airspace Systems Inc.— maker of the world’s only comprehensive autonomous drone defense system—attended the first meeting of the new Department of Transportation/Federal Aviation Administration Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) on Tuesday, where Banga advocated for American law enforcement to have more authorities, capabilities, and education to defend public spaces from the rising threat of rogue drones.
The Department of Transportation, which oversees the Federal Aviation Administration, is working to integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the FAA’s national airspace system, and it has selected almost 30 industry advisors, including representatives from DJI, Amazon, Google, UPS, and others.
Selected by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in late June, Banga is the Drone Advisory Committee’s only executive representing the counter UAS community.
“Our laws haven’t caught up with our technology” notes Airspace’s Jaz Banga, echoing recent comments made by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. “Our stadiums, our parades, our concerts—basically our public spaces—are not safe from nefarious actors with drones. We have the tools now, but our outdated laws and education campaigns have tied law enforcement’s hands.”
In addition to advocating for modernizing U.S. drone defense laws, Banga stressed the need for rapid implementation of UAS “remote identification” and development of education programs for law enforcement agencies. Being a member of the DAC allows Airspace Systems to be intimately integrated into the development of progressive drone rules and regulations, which is required for the commercial drone industry to grow.
Funded by early backers of Nest, Palantir, and Skype and managed by a team from Apple, Google and Cisco Systems, the Airspace Access Control System uses high-speed robotics, machine learning and precision mechanics to create the only solution capable of identifying, tracking and autonomously removing rogue drones.
In addition, to use by the U.S. military, Airspace’s artificial intelligence-powered, drone-defense technology has also recently been used to protect municipal jails, public parades, and outdoor professional sporting event venues.