Enter, Vorpal—an Israeli-based company that focuses on monitoring drones to help clients enhance security with effective counter-drone operations in both rural areas and dense urban environments. “We provide accurate and high sensitivity detection, localization and tracking that provide our customers with all the information required to proactively respond to threats,” says Dr. Nir Raz, CEO and Founder of the company.
The company’s ex-military expertise adds enormous value in the areas of signal processing, intelligence, and analysis. “We’re leveraging the knowledge used by advanced proprietary signal processing algorithms and applying it in drone detection and tracking,” asserts Dr. Raz. Vorpal’s secret sauce allows its technology to cover extremely large areas, even in dense urban environment, while complying with current regulations. As a testimonial to its capabilities, Vorpal was able to track drones and catch drone operators even in the center of Manhattan during large crowd events.
While most solutions in the field target small perimeter defense due to technology limitations, Vorpal, on the other hand, using its propriety technology, is aiming to cover whole cities and large scale infrastructure by collaborating with top telecommunication companies to execute such projects. Vorpal enables its customers to be aware of any drone activity and have more control over mitigating drone threats in a better-localized, lower-impact manner. With the accurate information on a particular drone’s location, users can effectively employ low impact mitigation means that help to minimize possible collateral damage in sensitive environments.
We provide accurate and high sensitivity detection, localization and tracking that provide our customers with all the information required to proactively respond to threats
Vorpal offers state-of-the-art signal analysis tools, advanced algorithms, sensor fusion, optimization, and in-depth geolocation capabilities to its customers. The company’s flagship product— VigilAir—is a ground-based distributed network of passive sensors that detects, geolocates, and tracks drones operating in a monitored area with zero false alarms. VigilAir also detects and tracks the drones’ Ground Control System (GCS), which enables apprehending the drone operator, a most valuable outcome for law enforcement and security forces. VigilAir is currently deployed at numerous locations worldwide protecting critical assets, critical infrastructure and sensitive locations.
Exemplifying Vorpal’s capabilities, Dr. Raz cites a success story where VigilAir enabled the Israeli police to monitor and secure the Eurovision Song Contest. As it was a five-day event, the Israeli police wanted to make the entire event area a no-fly zone. After they deployed VigilAir, they were able to generate a detailed picture of the drones in real-time. The police were able to confiscate dozens of drones and apprehend over 20 operators, catching them in real-time and in some cases, even when the drone was still on the ground. This was a big win for both the Israeli police and Vorpal and the first time that a law enforcement agency was able to operate in scale and apprehend that many drone operators and deter others from operating drones in a no-fly zone area.
With such success stories, Vorpal is on a drive to expand its offering and its global presence into the aviation and critical infrastructure spaces. “We are working with stakeholders to deploy and integrate VigilAir into their security deployments, making it quick and cost-effective,” concludes Dr. Raz.