If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past year it’s that people love their drones. Make that two things: The drones people love can pose a big security risk if they get too close to, say, the White House, the Pentagon, sports arenas, airports, or other sensitive locations.
That’s why Mitre, a nonprofit think tank for U.S. government agencies, is offering prizes totaling $100,000 to whoever comes up with the best way to find unauthorized drones (sometimes called unmanned aerial vehicles) weighing less than 5 lbs., and stop them if necessary.
Here’s part of the company’s statement explaining “The MITRE Challenge:”
Details are here but to compete, participants must get documentation of their proposed approach in by Feb. 7, 2016. The best overall system for identifying and stopping drones will get $60,000, the best detection-only system will get $20,000, and the best interdiction-only system another $20,000. One entrant could conceivably sweep the prizes, however.
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