Case Study – Boston Marathon


DroneShield Kept 80,000 People Safe From Drones At The Boston Marathon Two Years Running


About the Boston Marathon
The Boston Marathon, managed by the Boston Athletic Association and protected by the Boston Police Department, is the world’s oldest marathon that attracts 50,000 spectators and 30,000 participants annually. In 2013, the Boston Marathon was the site of a terrorist attack where two explosions killed three spectators and injured an estimated 264 more. 

The Challenge
Since the 2013 terrorist attack, the Boston Police Department has taken every step to ensure that the event is safe for all participants and spectators. In 2015, it was interested in introducing a drone detection system to alert to hobbyist drones, media drones, and possible terror threats from drones. The drone detection system needed to perform in a busy, noisy, urban environment and monitor the site of the 2013 attack, the finish line located near VIP booths.

The Solution
DroneShield offered rapid mobile installation and cloud-based monitoring for its acoustic drone detection WideAlert Sensor technology capable of detecting a drone up to 200 metres away. DroneShield mounted sensors on lampposts throughout the course of the race to monitor and alert the Boston Police Department of drone activity in the area. DroneShield also provided its tactical drone jammer, the DroneGun, as a drone countermeasure for the Boston Police Department, although no situation provoked deployment.


The Results
The Boston Police Department’s deployment of DroneShield’s drone detection technology generated no false alarms and detected no drones throughout both the 2015 and 2016 Boston Marathons, likely thanks to a significant ‘no drone’ policy publicised widely ahead of the event. 

If you’re hosting an event where security is paramount, DroneShield offers mobile drone detection and countermeasure services. Contact DroneShield to learn more.

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