A Skydroner 500 anti-drone system detects and deactivates a drone during a demonstration in Singapore December 15, 2016.REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Dog fight: Startup firms take aim at errant dronesA boom in consumer drone sales has spawned a counterindustry of startups aiming to stop drones flying where they shouldn't, by disabling them or knocking them out of the sky. The arms race is fed in part by the slow pace of government regulation for drones.In Australia, for example, different agencies regulate drones and counterdrone technologies. Australian authorities relaxed drone regulations in September, allowing anyone to fly drones weighing up to 2 kilograms without training, insurance, registration or any certification.The use of drones by such groups is likely to spread, Jenzen-Jones says.This is feeding demand for increasingly advanced technology to bring down or disable unwanted drones.DroneVision, for example, helped local police down 40 drones flying around Taipei 101, one of the world's tallest buildings and a magnet for drone users, in a single day.Even while the military, Jenzen-Jones says, may have the capability to bring down drones, demand is shifting to nimbler, more agile devices to cope with attacks using smaller off-the-shelf devices.
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