Aerospace and defence company, Metis Aerospace Ltd and wireless technology company, Rinicom Ltd, have joined forces to develop and launch their new drone detection system – SKYPERION.

Drones – otherwise known as UAVs, are readily available from high street shops and can be flown within a few minutes of purchasing.  Whilst there are many lawful uses of drones, in the wrong hands they can be easily adapted to carry a range of payloads, from cameras to explosive devices. The results range from simple nuisance and antisocial behaviour through to injury and threat to life.

Combining innovative technology produced by both companies, this joint venture has produced a cost effective solution that provides early warning of drone activity. First, Radio Frequency (RF) sensors detect RF signals associated with the control of the drone, associated data-links and other signals of interest (SOI), and the Electro Optical sensors identify, locate and track airborne UAVs. SKYPERION can be configured and re-configured for a range of scenarios from the protection of large, open air events and temporary sites to large fixed facilities providing 24 hour/365 day protection. It provides low-cost and high detection accuracy alternative to radar based solutions.

Tony Burnell, CEO of METIS Aerospace Ltd said “We are delighted with the extra capability that Rinicom’s electro-optical sensor brings to our own sensor. Not only can we detect, geolocate and track nuisance drones, we now have the ability to visually identify the UAV and its payload, all of which contributes to the production of admissible evidence.”

Professor Garik Markarian, CEO of RINICOM Group said: “We are delighted that METIS selected Rinicom as their partner in this joint development. Working together with their’ highly experienced team provides Rinicom with new and unique opportunities, creating a strong foundation for a mutually beneficial partnership.”

For further information on SKYPERION please contact CEO, Tony Burnell via

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