Keeping Railroads Secure From Drones

Law360 (August 7, 2019, 3:38 PM EDT) -- According to the Federal Aviation Administration’s most recent FAA Aerospace Forecast, more than 900,000 unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, owners have registered with the FAA.[1] UAS, commonly known as drones, continue to grow in popularity, both for recreational and for commercial use.

Railroad companies have started realizing the potential benefits of UAS, integrating them into their operations to monitor worker safety compliance and to inspect infrastructure more safely and cost-effectively. But while UAS provide benefits, they can also pose security risks and unique challenges for railroads — such as industrial espionage, interference with train operation and worker harassment.

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