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There are three major airborne threats that make their way into regional security discussions today, whether in the defence press or policy offices across NATO member states:

1) Russia’s hypersonic missiles

2) COVID 19 dispersion

3) aerial drones of various sizes and threat levels

The NSO Group recently launched two compelling solutions for two of these three airborne dangers: Fleming™ – a unique contagious illness mapping tool; and, Eclipse™ – a novel cyber-active counter-drone system. As these have been in deployment for some time, ESD decided now is an opportune time to catch up with NSO Group’s Vice President Sales, Michel Berdah, to find out how these systems are performing. No word yet on hypersonic missile defences.

Q&A

Interviewee Michel Berdah, NSO’s VP Sales is seen here (right) with Oren Ganz, NSO’s Product Manager (left), observing how Eclipse detected, mitigated and safely landed the drone from the Eclipse Operating Station (pictured centre).
(Photo: Matania Tausig)

ESD: Why is Eclipse becoming the preferred solution for counter-drone operations?

Michel Berdah (MB): Eclipse is the only cyber counter-drone platform designed to automatically detect, take over and safely land unauthorised commercial drones in designated zones. Eclipse deploys an autonomous end-to-end cyber solution to detect activity within a designated perimeter, identify the presence of drones, take over control of drones which present a threat, and land them safely.

ESD: What does it do differently that drone jammers and killers on the market today cannot do? 

MB: Unlike other solutions, Eclipse offers a threat mitigation capability for dense urban environments, stadiums, critical infrastructure, airports, landmarks, and private enterprises, along with smooth integration connecting to existing infrastructure. Eclipse operates automatically according to pre-defined parameters, removing the requirement for real-time decision making. Furthermore, Eclipse is designed not to jam existing communications platforms, and it operates with no impact on wireless communications and GPS signals. It is the only drone defence system that is FCC, CE and CB compliant.

ESD: There are various companies and government launching some sort of a disease mapping tool; what are the Fleming advantages?

MB: Fleming is an epidemiological analytics system designed to specifically meet the challenges presented by challenges. It was developed in partnership with leading epidemiologists and public health experts. NSO specialises in developing long-term innovative solutions for public safety. Illness tracking is one aspect of keeping the public safe.

Fleming’s benefits include an advanced mapping tool that identifies the spread of the virus in real time, empowering health and government decision-makers. By utilising the Fleming system, these decision-makers can more effectively deploy resources, including critical supplies and medical personnel, and implement public health protocols that help contain the spread. In addition, Fleming is helping officials in developing strategies to reopen economies in regions where the pandemic no longer poses a serious health threat. The technology anonymizes all data inputted by the operator, which adds an additional layer of privacy and security. Fleming is already being operated by countries around the world as health officials work to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep citizens safe and healthy. 

ESD: How long has Fleming been in deployment and where?

MB: Immediately upon the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, NSO, which specializes in developing life-saving technology solutions, recruited the best minds internally alongside epidemiologists and other experts. NSO was able to quickly develop an innovative system to help eradicate the spread of the pandemic. Fleming was developed in Israel, NSO’s main development centre.

As the nature of life-threatening events around the world continues to rapidly evolve, NSO is at the forefront of technological innovation to protect the public’s welfare and make the world a safer place.

ESD: Thank you.