Adam Bannister

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
October 10, 2019

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Counter-drone tech

Dedrone acquires DroneDefender point-and-shoot system

Drone detection specialist Dedrone has acquired DroneDefender, the point-and-shoot drone disrupting system, from Battelle.

DroneDefender operations, including all assets and intellectual property, will be led from Dedrone’s Washington DC office through a new consultancy. Called Dedrone Defense, the new entity will provide technologies to US federal agencies that detect, classify and protect assets from drone threats.

All DroneDefender customers will now have access to Dedrone’s counter-drone platform, which collects and aggregates drone activity data via sensors, with DroneTracker software then analysing the data.

DroneTracker recognizes and classifies radio frequency (RF), WiFi, and non-WiFi drones and UAVs. It transmits data to command and control centres and is programmable to automatically trigger alerts and countermeasures when threats are verified.

DroneDefender disrupts radio control frequencies within a range of 400 metres.

“When it comes to creating an airspace security programme, detection and defeat go hand-in-hand,” said Joerg Lamprecht, CEO and co-founder of Dedrone. “DroneDefender is an exceptional technology which Dedrone is proud to incorporate into our counter-sUAS ecosystem.

“In order to best serve our customers in the Department of Defense and in the US federal space, Dedrone Defense is available to provide the essential tools to assess airspace activity, protect civilians and critical assets, and eliminate unauthorized sUAS-based threats.”

“Success story”

Said Battelle President and CEO Lou Von Thaer: “Today’s announcement of this sale is a success story for both Battelle and Dedrone. The DroneDefender was an innovation developed by our researchers to meet an urgent need.

“We developed it and delivered it to our customers rapidly, where it was deployed in the field proving very effective in countering nefarious drone activity. We are proud to see it being integrated into Dedrone’s systems.”

Battelle and Dedrone began collaborating in August 2017 to develop tech for defence and critical infrastructure applications. In June 2018, Dedrone showcased DroneTracker and DroneDefender at ThunderDrone, a US Special Operations Command and SOFWERX rapid prototyping event, ranking the best performer of 46 counter-sUAS companies.

Helped by machine learning, Dedrone continually optimises and upgrades an airspace security platform that detects, classifies and mitigates all drone threats. Now headquarted in San Francisco, Dedrone was founded in Germany in 2014 by Felicis Ventures, Menlo Ventures and John Chambers, Chairman Emeritus of Cisco Systems and founder of JC2 Ventures.

We recently caught up with David Greenberg, head of global sales at Dedrone, to find out about how counter-drone solutions can support airports, prisons and critical infrastructure sites in protecting themselves from the threat of rogue drones.

Founded in in Columbus, Ohio in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries.

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