Hidden Level, Inc continues its support of the FAA’s Airport Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Detection and Mitigation Research Program. This support is both as an individual organization and as a partner to Saab, Inc. Efforts began in October of 2018 when the FAA Reauthorization Act was signed into law. The act extends FAA’s funding and authorities into 2023 and includes legislative changes regarding increasing the safety and pace of UAS integration. 

The FAA initially introduced an effort to test and evaluate technologies and systems to detect and mitigate possible safety risks emerging from unmanned aircraft at and near airports. There were five airports selected to participate in the testing program. Among those five is Syracuse Hancock International Airport. 

Hidden Level launched its Airspace Monitoring Service to be evaluated as a stand alone system and as a complimentary technology to SAFE Airport Event Management system, by Saab. The FAA’s research period will continue through 2023. Results gathered from testing, and evaluation will be utilized in planning for certifying, permitting, and authorizing UAS detection and mitigation technologies at airports across the country. 

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Example drone flight and take-off location tracked by Hidden Level Airspace Monitoring Service (Image Credit: Hidden Level)


Jeff Cole, Hidden Level CEO says, “There has been a dramatic increase in the number of drone threats, many of these at airports. We are honored to participate in this crucial research program to provide additional tools to keep the National Airspace System safe. Airspace Monitoring Service is a scalable solution for major airports considering drone security.” 

Airspace Monitoring Service (AMS), by Hidden Level, offers additional levels of situational awareness, providing an enhanced surveillance picture. Passive RF technology sensors interpret a 3D location, classification, and use other identifiers to provide UAS and operator geolocation data. With this integration, airport operators will be able to manage drone threats the same way they manage other high-impact airport events. 

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