Gryphon Sensors develops one-of-a-kind drone tracking system

By New York Governor's Office | August 02, 2017

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that Gryphon Sensors, an SRC Inc. company based in central New York, has developed a state-of-the-art mobile unmanned traffic management system called Mobile Skylight.

The development builds on the state's investments in the region's emerging unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry. Last August, Cuomo announced a $5 million commitment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative to support the UAS industry in central New York, bolstering ongoing efforts to create a regional hub for UAS innovation and manufacturing. At a UTM convention in Syracuse last November, he announced an additional $30 million investment being used to develop a 50-mile flight traffic management system between Syracuse and Griffiss International Airport in Rome.

"By investing in the state-of-the-art technologies of tomorrow, we ensure that New York remains at the forefront of innovation and high-tech industry across the country," Cuomo said. "With this new development, this region further secures its role as a national leader in drone technology, helping to spur job creation and economic activity—helping central New York continue to rise for generations to come."

Mobile Skylight sets a new standard in drone security and UAS traffic management. Featuring an array of self-contained multispectral sensors, the system provides accurate three dimensional detection of low-flying, small UAS at a distance of out to 10 kilometers. Contained in a sleek, rugged van, Mobile Skylight is a complete mobile command center featuring 4x4 off-road capability and can be taken anywhere without a commercial driver's license. It's designed for rapid deployment of a wide range of applications including stadium, special event security, first responder and search and rescue operations, infrastructure and utility inspection.

"Today's unveiling of Gryphon Sensors' first-in-the-nation unmanned aircraft management system underscores that central New York is positioned to become a world leader in the UTM field," said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who spoke at today's announcement. "With the creation of the drone corridor, the Genius NY competition, and the alignment of our business and academic institutions though the Central New York Rising Upstate Revitalization Initiative, we are building a high-tech industry cluster and preparing the local workforce needed for its sustained growth into the future."

"We are excited to introduce Mobile Skylight, the nation's first operational mobile UAS traffic management and drone security system," said Anthony Albanese, president of Gryphon Sensors."The system provides unmatched versatility and air surveillance capability enabling beyond visual line of sight commercial and security UAS operations in the state's unique UAS flight corridor."