Winter Olympics Will Include Security Drones That Can Hunt Down Other Drones
Staging an event as high-profile as the Winter Olympics is no simple feat. And the upcoming games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, is no exception. From February 9 through 25, the world's attention will be focused on a part of the world that, of late, has undergone some perilous times. As many know, tensions between North Korea and their Korean neighbors to the south have been extremely high (Pyeongchang is 183 miles southeast of North Korea's capital city Pyongyang). This makes security measures for one of the most anticipated global sporting events that much more important. South Korean officials are going to great lengths to ensure every spectator and athlete remains safe throughout the two-week event. So much so that security personnel will even be monitoring the skies for suspicious drones. And their plan of attack if they spot a whirling machine that may cause harm? Attack it with another, larger drone.
According to an article in Quartz, officials are able to take down a suspicious drone by using a drone of their own. The security-led drone would drop a net over a potentially dangerous unmanned device, rendering it ineffective of flying any further. The types of threats could include "bomb-carrying drones," according to Quartz.
What's more, while not fully relying on security drones, South Korean officials have also been training in shooting down potentially nefarious drones from the ground. Of course, with North Korea's recent inclusion in the games, tensions between the two borders will (presumably) not be as high as they could have been. But, in a moment when millions of eyes will be on Pyeongchang, it is no time to risk anything—not even for a tiny, unmanned device whirling through the air.