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    No-Fly Drone: Anti-UAV Technology to Be Used Above Euro 2016 Stadiums

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    One of the biggest sporting events will take place this summer and France are taking no chances when it comes to risks of terrorists.

    Drones are the height of popularity, amongst the trend setters and tech geeks, yet there are also huge risks associated with them. 

    Otherwise known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), drones can be used in various situations. For example, they play a huge role in helping people on the ground during a humanitarian crisis, but they also can be a cause for concern when it comes to potential terrorists attacks.

    It is for this reason that the French are planning on deploying anti-drone technology during the Euro 2016 football tournament because of the risk that nobody actually knows what these UAVs maybe carrying — chemicals, or something more sinister perhaps?

    In a recent interview, Euro 2016 security chief, Ziad Khoury said:

    "No fly-zones will be declared over all 10 stadiums as well as training grounds for the 24 teams [taking part in the games]."

    The French authorities have noticed an increase in drone usage in the country, especially over the skies in Paris, where two of the most high-profile terrorists attacks took place in 2015. 

    Euro 2016 will unfold over 10 days, and the risk of a terrorist attack is at its highest, especially where large crowds are gathered.

    The French security authorities are particularly concerned that drones may be flown over the French capital carrying chemicals or something even more dangerous. 

    The government's General Secretariat for Defense and National Security confirmed in a recent interview that anti-drone measures will be in place for Euro 2016, but gave no confirmation on the types of technology that will be used. 

    This is not the first time a government has been forced to crack down on drone usage. Recently, the UK Metropolitan Police had to investigate, what at the time was believed to be, a reported collision between an aircraft and a unmanned drone near to Heathrow airport. 

    Even though there are a number of no-fly zones across Europe, there is still the risk that people can make their own drones and fly them, overlooking exitsing rules.

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    2016 UEFA European Championship, UAVs, terror threat, tournament, unmanned aerial vehicles, terror attack, sports, technology, drones, football, UEFA, Europe, France
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