How NSO’s solutions provide COVID-19 tracking and counter-drone support
Gilad Sahar, Business Director in NSO Group’s Counter-UAV division, tells International Airport Review about the technology developer’s Eclipse and Fleming solutions, and how they are supporting the aviation industry in combating malicious drone use and the COVID-19 pandemic.
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What does the NSO Group do?
NSO is at the forefront of technological innovation to protect the public’s welfare and make the world a safer place”
NSO Group is a leading technology developer, founded in 2010, that licenses software solutions to governments and law enforcement agencies to investigate and prevent terror acts, fight crime, locate missing persons, assist in search and rescue missions and increase public safety.
As the nature of life-threatening events around the world continues to rapidly evolve, NSO is at the forefront of technological innovation to protect the public’s welfare and make the world a safer place.
How does NSO’s technology/solutions contribute and promote public safety?
Strongly encrypted platforms are often used by drug cartels and terrorists to shield their dangerous and criminal activity. Without sophisticated technologies, the law enforcement agencies meant to keep us all safe face insurmountable hurdles. NSO’s technologies provide proportionate, lawful solutions to address this issue.
Why is Eclipse becoming the preferred solution for counter-drone operations?
Eclipse is the premier cyber counter-drone platform designed to automatically detect, take over and safely land unauthorised commercial drones in designated zones. Eclipse deploys an autonomous end-to-end cyber solution to detect activity within a designated perimeter, identify the presence of drones, take over control of drones which present a threat and land them safely.
What does it do differently that drone jammers and killers on the market today cannot?
Eclipse offers a threat mitigation capability for dense urban environments, stadiums, critical infrastructure, airports, landmarks and private enterprises”
Unlike other solutions, Eclipse offers a threat mitigation capability for dense urban environments, stadiums, critical infrastructure, airports, landmarks and private enterprises, along with smooth integration connecting to existing infrastructure. Eclipse operates automatically according to pre-defined parameters, removing the requirement for real-time decision making. Furthermore, Eclipse is designed not to jam existing communications platforms, and it operates with no impact on wireless communications and GPS signals. It is the only drone defence system that is FCC, CE and CB compliant.
How does Eclipse reduce risks to public safety?
Over the past few years, the presence of drones in public spaces has become an ever-increasing threat. In the wrong hands, these unmanned aircrafts can turn into dangerous weapons.
NSO identified the danger of drones being used for nefarious purposes early on and acted to develop an effective, safe and sophisticated tool that provides airtight protection from drones in public spaces and critical infrastructure facilities, such as airports, stadiums, power stations and urban centres.
Eclipse is already deployed in in dozens of countries, and we look forward to working with future partners around the world.
Why should a national government consider using NSO’s Fleming illness tracker (e.g. for COVID-19) instead of developing its own communicable disease mapping tools?
NSO specialises in developing long-term innovative solutions for public safety. Illness tracking is one aspect of keeping the public safe.
What are the Fleming advantages?
Fleming is an epidemiological analytics system designed to specifically meet the challenges presented by epidemics. It was developed in partnership with leading epidemiologists and public health experts.
Fleming features an advanced mapping tool that identifies the spread of the virus in real time, empowering health and government decision-makers”
Fleming features an advanced mapping tool that identifies the spread of the virus in real time, empowering health and government decision-makers. By utilising the Fleming system, these decision-makers can more effectively deploy resources, including critical supplies and medical personnel, and implement public health protocols that help contain the spread. In addition, Fleming is helping officials in developing strategies to reopen economies in regions where the pandemic no longer poses a serious health threat. The technology anonymises all data inputted by the operator, which adds an additional layer of privacy and security. Fleming is already being operated by countries around the world as health officials work to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep citizens safe and healthy.
How long has it been in deployment and where?
Immediately upon the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, NSO – which specialises in developing life-saving technology solutions – recruited the best minds internally, alongside epidemiologists and other experts. NSO was able to quickly develop an innovative system to help eradicate the spread of the pandemic. Fleming was developed in Israel, NSO’s main development centre.
Gilad Sahar is currently a Business Director in NSO Group’s Counter-UAV division, which develops a cyber-security platform for taking over and landing rogue or malicious drones.
Sahar is the co-founder and former CEO of Convexum, which was acquired by the NSO Group. He has vast experience as a leader in research and development projects related to protocols reverse engineering, dating back to his service in the IDF elite intelligence unit 8200, during which he won several accolades for his accomplishments.