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Utah companies team up to protect against drone threats

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Posted at 3:13 PM, Oct 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-29 14:25:09-04

SALT LAKE CITY – You see them used at weddings, sporting events and even for national security; drones.

Now it’s the threat they pose that has some companies concerned.

A Utah-based security company called “Security 101” hosted the state’s first Drone Security Summit, inviting some of its biggest customers; law enforcement, power plant owners, refineries, even Boeing and the military.

Security 101 talked about using another Utah company’s radar to detect drones posing a threat.

That radar company is SpotterRF and is based in Orem.

It produces economical radar that is currently being used on every continent and in 23 countries by everyone from the National Park Service to the military.

“We have been listening to our corporate customers that have been terrified of this new threat that drones present, whether it’s a passive threat or a malicious threat,” Nancy Ford said, CEO of Security 101. “From a child in parking lot of a stadium because he couldn’t get a ticket to the game flying his drone over to see it, to a malicious threat from a group of people trying to do something bad at a venue.”