Intersec 2024 champions the UAE’s airspace security with drone threat countermeasure workshop

Intersec 2024 champions the UAE’s airspace security with drone threat countermeasure workshop

According to a report by Innovius, the UAE drone market is expected to experience significant growth, with a projected increase in market size from $380 million in 2022 to $950 million in 2030. This growth and the utilization of drones will be a significant topic at Intersec 2024, which takes place on 16-18th January at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

The UAE plays a pivotal role in the global drone industry, heavily investing in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology. According to TechSci Research, Dubai holds a significant share (40.21%) of the UAE drone market, followed by Abu Dhabi (28.68%) and Sharjah (14.61%) from 2018 to 2023.

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Governed by the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), cybersecurity threats and potential misuse of surveillance data pose significant concerns.

To address these, the UAE has taken steps to bolster drone cybersecurity, enact robust privacy laws, and actively monitor for breaches to safeguard its expanding drone fleet and ensure responsible deployment. This includes suspending all flying operations for owners, practitioners and enthusiasts of drones, including drones and light sports aircraft the Ministry of Interior in January 2022.

At the Intersec Show

With drones emerging as a cost-effective means for gathering intelligence and presenting potential security threats, the Counter Drone Workshop at Intersec 2024 aims to address the challenges comprehensively. The workshop will take place on the sidelines of the Drone & Anti Drone Zone, with over 200 sqm of drone innovations alongside state-of-the-art anti-drone technologies from the world’s leading defence and security manufacturers, including Skyfend, D-fend Solutions, Dat ConAEE Aviation AxEnd Inc.

Grant Tuchten, Portfolio Director at Intersec organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “It is a crucial time to host this workshop in the UAE as we delve into understanding the imminent threats, anticipating potential scenarios, and identifying the most pertinent modes of threats. Through case studies and global incident analyses, industry experts will explore methods and technologies for detecting, neutralising, and, if necessary, eliminating drone threats.”