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Consumer drones are gaining air superiority over our homes, schools, beaches and parks. Not everyone is thrilled. Get ready for the backlash.
An entire anti-drone industry is emerging that will arm anti-drone people with anti-drone technology. These new tools will enable drone detection, tracking, identification, disabling, and even hacking and hijacking the drones as they fly.
This burgeoning industry didn't just fall from the sky. Like so many of our favorite tech gadgets, anti-drone devices will be consumerized versions of professional military and industrial gear.
The big-iron drone hunters
The anti-drone idea started years ago with the military. The big military contractors, like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Thales Group, Israel Aerospace Industries and Russia's United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (which focuses on countering U.S.-made military drones) were happy to develop expensive, powerful anti-drone technologies.