Since the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began its initial test of technologies at Miami International Airport in fall 2021 to detect, track, and identify (DTI) drones entering restricted airspace, it has collected more than seven months of data. Drones, also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), pose a threat to aviation security when flown into certain restricted airspaces. TSA chose MIA as the first UAS DTI testbed due to an ongoing perimeter intrusion technology pilot as well as the strong existing partnerships with the airport.
“TSA’s establishment and management of this assessment of UAS detection technologies is a critical part of our agency’s overall strategy to collect data for further deployments of equipment at U.S. airports,” said former TSA Miami Federal Security Director Daniel Ronan.
“The UAS threat to airports has increased exponentially over the last several years, which is why it is vital we begin assessing the effectiveness of UAS DTI technologies in live airport environments,” said TSA Counter-UAS Capability Manager Jim Bamberger. “We are thrilled to partner with MIA on such a mission-critical project that will pave the way for future technology assessments and help protect airports nationwide against UAS threats.”