This report is from Katie McIntyre’s Sports Venue Business and features David Waldman, an expert in incident management and resilience policy and coordination, specifically in providing security for sports venues, who outlines how to protect your venue from UAVs.

“If you’re a venue owner, you are well aware of the safety and security issues associated with drones—or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Unfortunately, the potential threats and dangers associated with drone attacks on sporting event safety has progressed rapidly.

“First, let’s look at the numbers. The predicted dramatic increase in the numbers of drones is the reason you’re reading this in the first place. In January of this year, the Department of Transportation announced that the total number of drones now registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has eclipsed one million. In March, the FAA projected “phenomenal growth” of drones in the U.S., estimating that by 2022 the small model hobbyist fleet will grow to 2.4 million units, the small non-model UAS fleet will grow to 451,800—totalling about three million drones operating in U.S. airspace—and the number of remote pilots will increase to over 300,000.

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