SRC, Inc. has announced a partnership with Xcel Energy to deploy state-of-the-art drone detection technology to protect critical infrastructure. Under this partnership, SRC and Xcel Energy will collect actionable data on the low altitude airspace not only for a critical energy center, but also for an airport, railway, inland waterway, sporting arena and state capital. This data will be shared with federal, state and local security partners.
“This is a unique and exciting partnership with two companies that are on the cutting-edge of innovation,” said Paul Tremont (photo), President and CEO of SRC.
“Together with Xcel, we will find the best solution to the problems posed by drones around critical infrastructure; and provide accurate, reliable, and secure systems, using our Gryphon Sensors drone detection and tracking technologies,” he added.
SRC and Xcel Energy will utilize both organizations’ unique footprints in the UAS industry to help define the magnitude of the problem posed by small unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), as well as invest in research and development to identify the best solutions for particular environments. SRC is involved in the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) BSNF Pathfinder and Drone Detection Pathfinder programs, NUAIR’s UAS Secure Autonomous Flight Environment (U-SAFE) project and NASA’s UAS Traffic Management (UTM) program.
SRC will install its Gryphon Skylight® system to monitor and collect actionable data. The Gryphon Skylight system delivers a comprehensive, low-altitude airspace picture, with accurate and long-range detection of UASs. Xcel Energy will use this data to develop use cases in security and beyond visual line of sight operations (BVLOS) for U.S. utilities.
SRC and Xcel Energy are both U.S. companies. The Gryphon Skylight system is designed, manufactured and supported by SRC in Syracuse, New York.
SRC, Inc., a not-for-profit research and development company, combines information, science, technology and ingenuity to solve “impossible” problems in the areas of defense, environment and intelligence. Across its family of companies, SRC applies bright minds, fresh thinking and relentless determination to deliver innovative products and services that are redefining possible® for the challenges faced by America and its allies.
Today, more than 1,300 engineers, scientists and professionals work together at SRC to protect people, environment and way of life.
Xcel Energy is a leading proponent and developer of utility based use cases in security and beyond visual line of sight operations (BVLOS). The company provides the energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. With its Wisconsin headquarters located in Eau Claire, the company is an industry leader in responsibly reducing carbon emissions and producing and delivering clean energy solutions from a variety of renewable sources at competitive prices.