Tuesday 20th August 2019 – OpenWorks Engineering is pleased to announce the release of the world’s first vehicle mounted drone capture system, SkyWall Auto Response. The system provides security forces with a way of protecting a large area using the operationally proven SkyWall net capture technology, already deployed at critical national infrastructure around the world.
SkyWall Auto Response looks like any typical commercial vehicle at first sight as the drone capture system is hidden under rapidly deployable covers, ensuring the system remains discreet when not in use. When a drone threat has been detected, the vehicle can be manoeuvred quickly and the SkyWall net capture system is automatically deployed from under the cover.
OpenWorks expects the first operational deployments of SkyWall Auto Response to be in the coming months, as plans are already progressing and excitement in the end user community has been building over a considerable period. The system will be displayed in the outdoor space (next to Taylors Bar) at DSEI 2019 (10th – 13th September), at the Excel Centre London, as the system is formally launched to the world.
SkyWall Auto Response is the first mounted deployment of the autonomous drone capture solution that was originally developed by OpenWorks and their technology partners Antmicro. The developmental system has previously been tested and proven in static installations at high-profile military evaluations and can capture fast moving multi-rotor (quad) or fixed-wing drones.
Chris Down, Managing Director of OpenWorks Engineering commented, “Offering a vehicle response unit is something we have planned for some time now and is something our customers tell us they need. The dedicated team of engineers is developing our technology portfolio further, and we hope to make more significant product development announcements soon.”
“The OpenWorks team is excited to be at DSEI with SkyWall Auto Response and would encourage anyone with an interest in counter drone to contact us and visit the display to discuss the SkyWall products further.” OpenWorks lead with way with physical defeat of drones when it released the handheld capture system SkyWall100 in 2016 and has since delivered systems to law enforcement and military customers around the world. The latest release provides another option to work alongside the existing systems or for operators that require larger area protection.