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What is the trend within drone technology and security and how to design them?
Drones are here to stay – how to protect the airspace?
Elmatica is reporting back from Security Conference and providing input on PCB design for drones.
Last week we participated at the Homeland Security Conference discussing with other industry associates the current and future trends and technologies in the homeland security domain, smart board control technologies, protection of airspace, how to control and detect hostile drones and discussions on infrastructure and social resilience.
“For us, involved in producing printed circuit boards for both the defence and space industry, drones and drone technology is both familiar and very interesting. As always, and in particular in these COVID19-times, it’s a pleasure to meet fellow industry experts and discuss various relevant topics”, says Torben Hajslund, Country Manager Denmark Elmatica.
We need to talk about it
Drones are being implemented at a continuously larger scale in society and our daily lives, we are starting to get used to them and the idea of this sort of airborne technical assistance and all the advantages it offers. The questions raised under the conference was amongst other: “How can we implement the drones, yet still protect our airspace”?
What kind of counter drone measures and protection of e.g. airports and other critical environments are developed and planned for implementation?
“The key essence from the conference regarding drones, is that we are lacking intelligent systems and tools to avoid attacks on both civil and military targets. Besides using jamming of signals, there is a massive resource in work to develop new, effective and smart tools to detect and neutralize airborne threats like hostile drones. One solution discussed is counter drone attacks and assistance from improved ground based radars with wider range and improved image resolution. Improved satellites with wider scope for surveillance can be a solution, but the fact is, that the ability to separate a harmless drone from a hostile one, is at the moment difficult”, says Hajslund.
Asteroids and satellites
Another important topic covered at the conference is the mapping of large scale asteroids heading towards Earth, however it’s still a challenge to detect the smaller asteroids landing or heading towards Earth. GomSpace in Denmark has together with ESA delivered new Cube Satellites that eventually will detect, report and warn of foreign objects within Earth atmosphere.
Threats from the dark web entering your IT supply chain?
As in the rest of the world, in particular the US where CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) is daily updated in the news, the theme of Cybersecurity was in the list of topics at the conference in Copenhagen.
A constant race towards advanced hackers, developing new, sophisticated ways to hack secured data, phishing emails or pay for personal or company secured information on “the dark web”. This way they can tailor their hacks and phishing campaigns to particular groups and sectors within private, public and governmental to lower their guards within IT security. However, the biggest risk is still “the human factor”, how to train and prepare colleagues to predict and discover phishing attacks before opening mal purposed mails in good faith.
“Internal awareness, training and good routines for date sharing and storage is key to obtain a IT hygiene at a satisfying level”, says Hajslund.
Key elements to remember when planning a PCB for drones:
Low weight on the printed circuit is key.
A thin Rigid Flex is a necessity due to limited space and keeping weight low.
Limited space inside the drone might offer the need for more creative designs of printed circuits.
Involve the expertise at an early stage of the design process, this might save you for re-designing later in the process.
Cybersecurity and CMMC, what you need to know.