Tech to Stop Drones is Gaining Traction

  • Emma Sandler
  • February 15, 2017
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In an overcrowded airspace that now plays host to consumer and commercial drone technology, a natural result is the emergence of an anti-drone economy.

Dedrone, in particular, a San Francisco-based company, has experienced rapid expansion since its Series A round in May 2016. Dedrone has partnered with international resellers, including Airbus, Singtel, and Deutsche Telekom, and secured over 200 installations of its software, including for the 2016 U.S. presidential debates, the Suffolk County prison in New York, the Royal Family of Qatar and the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Dedrone closed a $15 million Series B round on Monday, which was led by Felicis Ventures and by John Chambers, executive chairman of Cisco. The funding will be used for marketing and sales efforts, as well as investing in global research and development. Dedrone declined to offer specifics.

Consumer and commercial drones can pose a threat to the airspace of high-risk and critical infrastructures, Susan Friedberg, a spokesperson of Dedron, told Mobility Buzz. Although she did not provide examples of such threats, there are situations where commercial drones have been used to drop bombs in places like Iraq.

Commercial and consumer drones, the kind easily purchased at any tech store, can potentially be used for nefarious means, such as smuggling weapons or drugs. (Photo by Dedrone)

“Our job starts where a company’s fence ends,” she said. “Drones will always be advancing, and as new ones come to market, we are able to analyze their communication signals and continually advance our software.”

Meanwhile, earlier this year, Sydney-based DroneShield announced a partnership to demonstrate DroneShield’s DroneGun and detection sensor products at a U.S. military training facility, and that the U.S. government would trial the DroneGun.

In late 2016, the Iranian military developed a drone rifle designed to bring down drones. Tasnim News, an Iranian media service, describes it as “a drone jammer, a portable electronic device used for deflecting the hostile flying objects.”

As a result, Western governments have thrown their support into adopting drone detection and countermeasure products, such as DroneGun, which “allows for a controlled management of drone payload such as explosives, with no damage to common drones models or surrounding environment,” according to the company.

To see DroneGun in action, check out the video below:

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