In only a handful of years, the remote-controlled drone has evolved from being a child’s toy to a lethal weapon known to knock out one of the world’s most impenetrable oil fields. Now, we hear about the helicopter-type device disrupting air travel at London’s Gatwick Airport and serving as an option to assassinate powerful targets in Yemen and Venezuela.
Terrorist attacks using drones is the new normal and will be dominating news headlines in the next decade. Car bombs and suicide vests are no longer the choice of warfare for those seeking to attack America. It’s now about Quad Copters and the amount of weight a device can carry before dropping an explosive projectile in the middle of a populated area.
Sorry for being so direct, however every American should be nervous about the rapid evolution of technologies allowing terrorists to strike using unmanned machines.
According to Bloomberg News, there is currently no requirement on how to track the millions of civilian drones plying the U.S. skies.
“The Federal Aviation Administration has spent the past two years crafting regulations requiring small civilian drones to install radio-identification technology after the FBI and Department of Homeland Security objected to widening public use of the devices,” wrote Alan Levin of Bloomberg. “A proposed regulation is expected later this year but may not be completed for a year or more.”
Jamming radio signals is one way to protect, despite this process being illegal to non-military Americans. With the advent of 5G technology, though, those protecting the United States may be closer to a defensive solution than what the enemy wants to hear.
Companies like San Diego-based Inseego Corp (NASDAQ: INSG) are the pioneers of 5G technology and can be a likely partner with the U.S. government to help combat wide-ranging drone intruders. Dubbed “Massive IoT,” 5G is designed to support billions of smart things requiring varying speed and latency.
Utilizing Inseego’s technology for the purpose of Defense is critical in a world where reliability, scalability and efficiency seem to be more necessary than boots-on-the-ground warfare. It also explains why Inseego’s stock has appreciated over five percent in morning trading following news about drone strikes in Saudi Arabia.
Moving forward, it’s obvious the concerns voiced by those within the FBI and DHS are warranted. Global-positioning satellite tracking are making drones much more lethal as they can travel over long distances and become increasingly capable of carrying heavier warheads.
The time is now for the United States to shift to hypergrowth mode and work to prevent these types of attacks on the homeland.
By: Todd M. Schoenberger of Wellington Insights