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Drones are the foundation of some of the most devastating weapon systems in many countries’ arsenals. They are also a growing focus of smart cities everywhere. Indeed, drone-related projects are likely to claim a significant portion of the projected $135 billion annually that public agencies worldwide will invest in smart cities by 2021, according to International Data Corporation estimates.

For all of our sakes, let’s hope that counterdrone initiatives benefit from some of that investment. Drone technology can monitor our urban environments, aid in traffic management, and accelerate disaster response. But it can just as easily be leveraged by evil people to poison our air and water, block our roads and tunnels, and detonate explosives at lightning speed and with surgical precision.

For that reason, and because this technology is easily accessible to even the most casual terrorist, counterdrone projects need to become an integral component of smart communities initiatives going forward. However, implementing counterdrone civil-defense infrastructure will be trickier than it sounds. The reasons are several:

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Category: Science