Drone Security Update: SkySafe Can Disable, Fly Rogue Drones Near Airports, Critical Locations

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SkySafe says it can take over a rogue drone in midair.PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
BY CHARLES POLADIAN @CHARLIEALLDAY

A new drone security startup says it can disable or fly rogue drones that get too close to airports, military bases, stadiums or other other sensitive areas. SkySafe is one of several startups looking to stake a claim in the burgeoning drone enforcement industry.

Headquartered in San Diego, SkySafe is showing off its technology, but offers few details of how it is able to detect, hack into and commandeer a drone in midair. It is speculated that SkySafe uses radio frequencies to take over the unmanned autonomous vehicles. “We fully take control of the drone from the operator, it sees us as the legitimate controller, and we can move it to a safe location and land it,” said Grant Jordan, founder of SkySafe, in an interview with the Verge. SkySafe raised $3 million in a recent round of funding led by Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm that’s previously invested in Airbnb, BuzzFeed, Facebook, FourSquare, Groupon and Lyft.

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