Introduction

The Hack of the Drones is an event developers, designers, and hackers from the academic, military, and commercial start-up communities to come together for a weekend to explore non-traditional, innovative methods to counter sUAS.

We developed a passive, day-night, self-learning acoustic based system to detect, identify and track a sUAS that is modular, scalable, cost effective to keep pace with evolving threat systems.

Our Focus

We built a machine learning application that detects sUAS acoustics and plots the system’s location based on a unique set of sound characteristics. Future development is projected to include a visual recognition module that brings the human into the loop to verify and authorize counter-measures to effect, nullify or destroy the threat system.

Team Members and Execution

Our team is comprised of diverse experts from varying backgrounds. We are a variable special forces team of creatives and makers who relentlessly execute. Our experience spans across a broad set of non traditional domains and technical areas; both military and civilian. We have experienced hack-a-thoners and first time participants. While our backgrounds are diverse and complementary as we share a common passion for tackling tough problems.

A sampling of our collective background : We have an Air Force Pilot, Special Forces Officer, Electrical Engineer, Non-Profit Program Manager, Marketing and Communications Specialist, UX Designer, Cyber Security Administrator, University Administrator, Acoustics Specialist and a Web Developer.

Impact

Closing the gap between the detection of large aerial systems by centralized C4I systems and the identification of sUAS by the individual individual using just their five senses. The Echo Intelligence solutions provides individuals and small teams a passive, day-night, self-learning acoustic based system to detect, fix and track sUAS that is modular, scalable, and cost effective.

Product

Cost Effective. Modular in Concept. Every Warfighter is provided a small sensor. Man Portable to Installation at fixed sites.

The key point is that our device is passive, allowing for use by civilians in the US as it does not interfere with the FCC regulated spectrum; our product is a true dual use scenario.

Our Mentors

ARDEC: Bhavanjot Singh, 75th Innovation CMD: Rex Eiserer, USASOC: Jake Jacobs, Aerovirnoment: Mujhamid Abdurham, QuantiTech: Brad Pasho, Naval Research Lab: John, 26 Labs: William Vega, IBM Watson: Justin, UT Austin: Robert Metcalfe

Way Ahead

Validate through other detection technologies (IR, EO, Radar). Verify: Human in the Loop. Future Technology. Library of Effects: destroy, deny, deceive, control, nullification,

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