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Hidden Level Helps Secure Large-Scale Public Events With Innovative Drone Detection –

Hidden Level Helps Secure Large-Scale Public Events With Innovative Drone Detection -

The New York State Fair is one of the nation’s biggest public events, drawing more than 1 million people each year. As the Fair opens on Aug. 24, the New York State Police will again rely on Hidden Level, developers of sensor solutions for low-altitude airspace monitoring, to provide drone tracking services, enabling law enforcement drone mitigation response for any unauthorized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in public spaces.

Hidden Level provides the world’s first low-altitude airspace monitoring service for both security and air traffic needs. The airspace monitoring service (AMS) is a cloud-based, scalable and cost-effective solution that integrates directly into virtually any video management software, security operations center or situational awareness platform.

Airspace monitoring in public venues is only increasing in importance as drone technologies become an everyday reality,” said Jeff Cole, chief executive officer and co-founder. “Our partnership with the New York State Fair demonstrates the power of a counter-unmanned aircraft system (CUAS) in enhancing public safety, and its value for any major outdoor event. We’re pleased to be able to assist the Fair again this year.”

Hidden Level debuted at the New York State Fair in 2021 and completed 18 full days of AMS across 5+ square miles of the Empire Expo Center, also known as the New York State Fairgrounds.

Over the course of the mission, Hidden Level’s CUAS monitor tracked cooperative and non-cooperative drones, including multi-drone scenarios, and provided Fair organizers with statistics and debrief deliverables. Among the findings:

  • Identified 211 drone events, excluding known New York State Police and cooperating agency flights.
  • Several were multiple events from a single drone operator.
  • Most drone activity occurs in evening hours, with consistent activity also occurring in early morning.
  • Identified multiple drones flying above the maximum legal altitude of 400 feet.

Tracking potentially illegal drone flights illustrates the burden on collaborating public safety organizations and security teams. Hidden Level’s technology assists those agencies by easily integrating with common security platforms to protect large coverage areas.

Unlike many other drone-monitoring solutions, Hidden Level is completely software-based with no expensive hardware to repurchase and update. Clients like the New York State Police receive quarterly updates from Hidden Level to keep systems equipped with the latest technology.

Following this year’s New York State Fair, Hidden Level is finalizing updated permanent installation sites to provide comprehensive coverage of the surrounding Onondaga Lake area, St Joseph’s Lakeview Amphitheatre, and Fairgrounds for year-round usage during public events and concerts.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with the New York State Police and give law enforcement the additional capabilities they need as drone usage continues to grow,” said James Licata, Hidden Level’s VP of Strategy & Partnerships.

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to use entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth from under-resourced communities to build Career success, Entrepreneurial Mindsets, and Opportunity, is launching a series of inspiring events to showcase the next generation of entrepreneurial student leaders and changemakers in the Nation. These events highlight the importance of entrepreneurship education and how it is redefining education and creating opportunity for middle and high school students in underserved communities.

Here is a list of BUILD’s upcoming events:

  1. DC Virtual BizPitch May 11, 2022
  2. Southwestern Pennsylvania (SWPA) Youth Pitch Competition May 24, 2022
  3. NY BUILDFest June 1, 2022
  4. Boston BUILDFest June 7, 2022 partnered with the Richard King Mellon Foundation to bring the SWPA Youth Pitch Competition to life. Spanning over four years, the Foundation’s $1.2 million investment will be allocated to Allegheny and Westmoreland counties and will help to equip youth with an entrepreneurial mindset and develop their 21st century skills. Educators teach students about BUILD’s Design Challenge, an entrepreneurial program that helps high school students discover their untapped talent and potential by using design thinking to solve real-world problems. These students and educators will flex their entrepreneurial muscles to compete for cash prizes for their school and community. The winner(s) will be announced virtually at the SWPA Youth Pitch Competition on May 24th at

“I am thrilled to see the return of in-person events after two challenging years during the Pandemic. said Ayele Shakur, CEO at BUILD. “We want to celebrate our students and educators’ successes with the larger community as they engage in BUILD’s innovative, project-based entrepreneurship education programs that will give them the skills needed to become the CEO of their own lives.”

The DC Virtual BizPitch Competition showcases students from the region as they compete to present their innovative business ideas. The top three student teams will win cash prizes, but only one team will be crowned the 2022 DC Pitch Champion!

BUILDFest, taking place in New York City on June 1st at Tribeca 360, features a reception, an exciting business plan competition of x number of student teams, and a marketplace to view and purchase their products created.  These students have the opportunity to create the business options they desire while learning critical 21st century skills to be able to capitalize and/or pivot in a rapidly changing workplace.

At Boston’s BUILDFest, attendees will have the chance to engage in a multi-part event that represents the culmination of a year of hard work by BUILD students, and celebrates the transformative power of entrepreneurship. Starting in early May, more than 30 BUILD high school students (representing six Boston Public Schools) will pitch their innovative business ideas to judges in hopes of earning a final slot at the event on June 7th. Three finalist teams will be selected, and then have the opportunity to pitch again to judges and community members to secure cash prizes and start-up funds.

Founded in 1999, BUILD is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to use entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth from under-resourced communities to build Career success, Entrepreneurial Mindsets, and Opportunity. BUILD utilizes entrepreneurship education to elevate youth and propel them to academic and career success, while empowering them to become the CEOs of their own lives. BUILD offers programming in 53 cities across the country, has trained nearly 400 educators, and over

15,000 youth have participated in BUILD’s digital challenges and in-school entrepreneurship programming. For more information, visit

Shefali Billon
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