Elistair Tethered Drone System Helps Securing the UEFA Champions League Final 2019 in Madrid

Spanish Police chooses Elistair tethered drone system, operated by UMILES Global Solutions, for persistent surveillance of the UEFA Champions League Final.

During the UEFA Champions League Final played on 1 June 2019 at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, police forces used Elistair tethered drone system coupled with UMILES Global solution U06 Plus drone for traffic monitoring, crowd control, and global surveillance.

The First Time a Drone has Ensured the Supporters’ Security at Final

For the 64th season of Europe’s premier club football tournament, Madrid welcomed 200 000 fans in its streets and more than 67 000 in the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. In response to the heightened terrorist threat level in Spain, authorities conducted the largest security operation for any sporting events in the Spanish capital. The response included 4700 police officers, civil protection teams, firefighters and paramedics on standby and for the first time, a drone piloted by UMILES Global Solutions teams, and tethered to Elistair’s Safe-T station. Police Director Francisco Pardo said this was probably the largest deployment ever made to ensure public safety, and that aerial control of the surroundings and coordination in real time via a drone was a unique capability.

One Permanent Aerial View for a Better Coordination and Responsiveness of Police Forces

Deployed close to the stadium, the Umiles Drone was tethered to Elistair’s Safe-T station to provide extended flight time. Continuously supplied with power, the drone maintained its position at 50 meters height for 8 consecutive hours. Watching over the stadium surroundings and 3000 spaces car park, it provided authorities

with immediate images of the crowd and vehicles movements, considerably facilitating the decision-making process and coordination of security teams.

The National Police had instant access to the drone images through a fibre connection and directly communicated with UMILES pilots to monitor the camera and control the main highways and streets leading to the stadium, as well as the crowd movements and the entrances of the Wanda Metropolitano.

José Calcedo, UMILES Group Commercial Director: “National Police needed eyes in the sky to control the Stadium surroundings during the 8 hours deployment. The tethering system was the key to achieve this mission and maintain our drone in the air for so long in the safest conditions, all the more since we had to fly day and night, with buildings very close, a lot of people walking around and helicopters flying in the same area. It is the first time a drone company has been allowed to fly in such conditions. This would not have been made possible without the Safe-T tether”

About Elistair

Created in 2014 in Lyon, Elistair counts prestigious references such as the French Defense Agency, Thales, the US Army, Total, Paris Airports, Securitas, ENGIE and Vodafone amongst its users. With products deployed in more than 40 countries and thousands of accumulated flight hours, Elistair is now one of the leaders in the tethered UAV sector. The company has built its reputation in aerial surveillance with its range of tethering systems for drones. It addresses the recurring problems of drones such as: limited flight time, data transfer security between the drone and the control station and physical security. Using its patented micro-tether technology, the connected UAV receives a continuous and unlimited power supply providing it with an almost unlimited flight duration at heights up to 100 m. The micro-tether also guarantees a fully secured high-speed data transfer, and prevents all risk of fly away.