Dedrone, globally renowned company in drones and counter-drone technology, has appointed Aaditya Devarakonda as President and Chief Business Officer. Devarakonda will join Dedrone co-founders Joerg Lamprecht (CEO), Rene Seeber (CTO), and Ingo Seebach (COO) as a key executive overseeing global sales, marketing, business development, product, and finance. He will be based in Dedrone’s headquarters in San Francisco, CA. Aaditya (AD) Devarakonda joins Dedrone from Centerview Partners where he was a senior member of the Technology Investment Banking Group based out of Palo Alto. He brings years of experience being a trusted advisor and thought partner to CEOs, boards and management teams. His engagements span some of the most complicated and strategic transactions helping companies fund and execute growth at scale. Counter-drones technology “This is a tremendous time to join Dedrone. The counter-drone market is at an inflection point, where organisations can no longer ignore the airspace threat. Dedrone is the market leader for counter-drone technology, and the founders have assembled a phenomenal team of world-class product developers, researchers, and commercial leaders,” shares Devarakonda. “The winning combination of strong product, robust customer base, and marquee investors make Dedrone primed for success, and I look forward to amplifying the exceptional work that this company has already accomplished.” “I am thrilled to welcome AD to Dedrone,” states Joerg Lamprecht, CEO and co-founder of Dedrone. “AD comes to Dedrone having worked with us for almost a year. He has done a tremendous job in shaping the product and commercial strategy for the company and has led multiple large-scale partnerships that will fuel the next stage of our growth. He has a great combination of big picture strategic thinking and a hands-on leadership style. We are pleased to officially have AD onboard as a Dedrone team member.” Identify, track, and eliminating aerial threats Founded in 2014, Dedrone is a key counter-drone technology solutions firm that allows organisations to identify, track, and eliminate airspace threats. Dedrone’s capabilities are trusted by hundreds of customers globally, including three of the G7 countries, correctional facilities, critical infrastructure establishments, airports, and corporations, among other public and private organisations. Venky Ganesan, Partner at Menlo Ventures, and investor at Dedrone, shares, “AD is the perfect fit for Dedrone as they look to scale the company to the next level. His strategic understanding of different business models across multiple markets within software and hardware, his experience to negotiate and close large deals and ability to lead a global team are key skills that set him apart. I am excited to see Dedrone grow under AD’s well-rounded experience and leadership.”
Dedrone, a provider of counter-sUAS capabilities, announces the release of their newest radio frequency sensors, the Dedrone RF-160. The RF-160 is an upgraded version of the company’s existing foundational RF sensor, the RF-100, and includes new and advanced features such as increased detection range, streamlined installation process, and integrated LTE. The RF-160 quantifies how many drones are in the user’s airspace, providing early detection of drones, before they even take off. Dedrone also manufactures a separate sensor, the RF-300, which provides localisation and tracking of sUAS. Comprehensive data for drone risk analysis The RF-160 is available for order and will begin delivery in March 2020. New features of the RF-160 include: The RF-160 can be installed within a few minutes and without any specialised IT knowledge Integrates LTE for simple installation, fast startup, and access to comprehensive data for drone risk analysis: The RF-160 can be installed within a few minutes and without any specialised IT knowledge. Only needing power supply and a pole, it automatically connects to the Dedrone Cloud via LTE and immediately starts to detect drones. An on-premise server is not required. Users can assess their drone risk quickly and use these insights to act upon drone threats. Provides detection range of up to 5 km: The RF-160 stands alone to achieve a baseline of drone activity for users and provide early warning and classification of sUAS. A single RF-160 has an average detection range of 1.6 km, and under ideal conditions, up to 5 km for certain drones. This range extends when one or more RF-160s are working together, and even more information on drone activity can be generated when layering with other detection technologies, including the RF-300, radar, and PTZ-cameras. Advanced antenna configuration The RF-160 features a high-performance processor, enabling rapid data processing and analytics Incorporates an advanced design for urban environments: Urban areas have more radio frequency activity from radio communication, televisions, cell phones, GPS, and other technologies. The RF-160 meets the needs of organisations in such environments a with higher potential of RF interference. Includes expanded RF band detection range for the detection of commercial, consumer, and home-built sUAS: Radio frequency spectrum operates on a wide range depending on the types of communication technology used. Commercial, off the shelf drones typically operate on the 2.4 and/or 5.8 ghz sub-band. The RF-160 comes with an advanced antenna configuration to ensure that drones that may operate outside the typical spectrum are reliably identified. Features increased computing power and data processing: The RF-160 features a high-performance processor, enabling rapid data processing and analytics and allows even more timely responses to sUAS incursions. Creating a baseline risk assessment “The RF-160 joins the Dedrone suite of products at a time when the global sUAS market is growing at a rapid pace, and organisations are looking to see what the social and economic impact of the rise of drones will have on our day-to-day lives,” shares Joerg Lamprecht, CEO and co-founder of Dedrone. The RF-160 is the most advanced product to provide our customers with the analytics" “The RF-160 can be installed quickly and easily for users to easily create a baseline risk assessment on all airspace activity, regardless of the type of manufacturer, or even if it is a home-made drone. Lower airspace security starts with detection, and the RF-160 is the most advanced product to provide our customers with the analytics they need to act upon sUAS threats to their airspace.” Unmanned aerial systems Dedrone’s multi-sensor system enables security providers to match the best-in-class sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial Systems) detection hardware with DroneTracker, Dedrone’s software. The RF-160 detects and classifies drones using radio signals and is ideal for creating a first risk analysis. Dedrone’s multi-sensor platform allows the RF-160 to be supplemented with additional sensors such as the RF-300, which provides localisation information, PTZ cameras, and radar systems.
Dedrone, a provider of airspace security and developers of the first drone detection software platform, announced their next generation software upgrade, DroneTracker 3. DroneTracker is the industry’s first airspace security solution that includes automated summary reporting for instant diagnosis of drone airspace activity. DroneTracker 3 enhancements Automated summary reporting, enabling security personnel to instantaneously assess and analyse drone threats Enterprise-grade security and management, allowing for multi-user management and seamless integration into existing security programs Increased simplification of platform set up, creating an intuitive and quick-to-deploy system Together, these updates and improvements make the Dedrone solution the most reliable and accurate platform for drone detection and classification. “Dedrone is constantly innovating ahead of the market to provide customers with the most accurate and timely drone detection reporting. This is why they have been able to maintain a wide margin as the leader in airspace security providers,” shares John Chambers, Dedrone investor and Executive Chairman of Cisco. “The release of Drone Tracker 3 is a testament to the incredible pace at which Dedrone is advancing the industry.” Machine learning network software Dedrone’s software is a machine learning network using information from a proprietary database, DroneDNA. DroneTracker gathers intelligence from various sensors, including radio frequency and Wi-Fi scanners, microphones, and cameras, DroneTracker 3 can detect drones over a mile away from a protected site and determines the communications protocol of the drone, its flight path and the location of the pilot. Once a drone is detected, the software alerts security personnel and can be integrated to deploy a passive security measure or defeat technology. "Our global customer base is growing every day, as are drone threats across every industry we work with" “Ultimately, DroneTracker 3 identifies how many drones are in an organisation’s airspace, a question which was nearly impossible to answer prior to the launch of DroneTracker,” shares Joerg Lamprecht, CEO and co-founder of Dedrone. “Our global customer base is growing every day, as are drone threats across every industry we work with. With this in mind, we’ve added significant enhancements to make DroneTracker an even better fit for enterprise environments, to ensure they understand the risks to their airspace and prevent drone interruptions and threats.” Additional highlights of DroneTracker 3: Automated summary reporting: DroneTracker is the industry’s first airspace security solution that includes automated summary reporting right out of the box. Improved detection and reliability: Drone detection accuracy and reliability have been significantly improved for Dedrone RF Sensors and 3rd-party video cameras. New and upgraded algorithms deliver: Improved drone detection accuracy compared to previous versions Reduction of false positive detections by over 99% Increased drone tracking range for video cameras Improved tracking and re-detection of hovering, fast, and small drones Enterprise-grade security and management: Enterprise customers require solutions that meet security standards, integrate with existing procedures, and enable multi-user management at scale. DroneTracker 3 provides the following: End-to-end encryption of communication between sensors and software Role-based access control and administration Complete change log with audit trail Visibility into licence information and inventory Enhanced ease-of-use: Keeping the user in mind, the Dedrone team has put considerable effort into making the platform as intuitive and user-friendly as possible. In this release Dedrone has added: Flexible map modes including static, fixed-coordinate, or live, with support for street, satellite, and hybrid modes New alert organisation, including alert filtering, improved page navigation, and configuration of notifications A new RF Sensor recording view New, simplified software installation and upgrade procedures
Dedrone, a security company that developed the world’s first software to detect drones and protect high-value airspace from drone threats, announced their operations are expanding into serving the federal market, through the addition of three U.S. military veterans to their salesforce and advisory board, as well as expanding operations to a third office in Washington, D.C. Dedrone currently is headquartered in San Francisco and has operations in Kassel, Germany. The addition of former military advisors and expansion to the D.C. market represents the drone security company’s commitment to protecting federal airspace and operations from all drone threats.Drone detectionLisa Meserve joins Dedrone as a Federal Sales Manager. Meserve is an Air Force veteran, having served for over 13 years. She was a government contractor and DoD civilian for Air Force Space Command before her passion for the start-up world was ignited and she joined SecureLogix Corporation. She comes to Dedrone from Globalscape.Phillip Pitsky joins Dedrone as the Federal Business Development Lead. Before Dedrone, Phil worked for The Boeing Company for more than eight years where he held various roles in strategic development and management positions. Phil served in the US Navy for more than ten years as a Cryptologic Collection Operator where prior assignments included the Naval Security Group Activity Kunia, Hawaii and the USS Gettysburg (CG64) where he deployed to the Persian Gulf, Northern Atlantic, and Eastern Pacific in support of Global War on Terrorism.Protecting airspace“Dedrone’s system is designed to be accessible and integrated for individuals, enterprises, and militaries, and bringing on Phil and Lisa to the team advances our knowledge of the needs of federal agencies, intelligence providers, and national defence leaders, and find the best way to provide them custom solutions,” shares Joerg Lamprecht, CEO and Co-founder of Dedrone. “Our commercial, off-the-shelf software is a proven drone detection system, unlike any that is on the market. We’re acutely aware of the rise in drone terrorism across the world, and we look forward to working with new partners and customers in the federal space to combine efforts and protect our airspace from all drone threats.” “Dedrone’s offering is nexus between physical, cyber, and airspace security, and it’s the next frontier of communications technology” David Prantl, Dedrone’s Vice President of Technology, will be heading operations in Washington, D.C., where he will coordinate with Meserve, and Pitsky to expand the start-up’s presence and service to the federal market. Prantl joined Dedrone in January 2016 and was previously based in the company’s office in Kassel, Germany.Physical and cyber security“Dedrone’s offering is nexus between physical, cyber, and airspace security, and it’s the next frontier of communications technology,” shares Dedrone Vice President of Business Development, Sebastian Blum. “With the rise in drone technology, there is a clear connection between rogue, hacker drones, and the security gaps that now exist for enterprises and government administrations, including the U.S. military. That is why we’ve brought on Lisa and Phil to the team, and expanded our on-ground operations for government service providers."
Dedrone DroneTracker ensures detection of civilian drones and defence against their misuse Dedrone has secured the support of five well-known founders and executives from Silicon Valley, raising a seven-figure amount. Investing in the San Francisco-based start-up are Dominic Orr, CEO of Aruba Networks, Selina Lo, CEO of Ruckus Wireless, Hans Robertson, Co-founder and COO of Meraki, Tom Noonan, Former Chairman, President and CEO of Internet Security Systems, Inc., and Trevor Healy, Former CEO of Jajah and Amobee. Extensive knowledge of investors "We are delighted that we have been able to win the support of these successful entrepreneurs," says Jörg Lamprecht, Co-founder and CEO of Dedrone. "Their know-how and access to their networks are even more important than the money." Dedrone develops DroneTracker, a platform for the detection of civilian drones and defence against their misuse. Protection from drones is a growth market, since the small, unmanned aerial vehicles are not only becoming extremely popular, but also are increasingly being used for crimes such as smuggling, espionage, and terrorist attacks. In May 2016, venture capital firm Menlo Ventures from Menlo Park, CA, invested 10 million dollars in the young company, which now employs around 60 people in San Francisco and Kassel, Germany. "As the drone market is booming, the call for technologies to manage the associated risks is becoming ever louder" Protecting critical infrastructure "Drones are going to revolutionise a number of aspects of business and professional life. However, as the drone market is booming, the call for technologies to manage the associated risks is becoming ever louder," explains investor Dominic Orr. "As a pioneer, Dedrone has both a genuine technological advantage and strong sales force to expand its use. Dedrone also is the only supplier in the market that has numerous user references—and that speaks for itself." Selina Lo, CEO of Ruckus Wireless adds, “Not many start-ups are able to realise their business ideas as quickly and as successfully as Dedrone.” Drone Tracker is used around the world to protect critical infrastructure, stadiums, prisons, and VIPs from illegal or improper intrusion by small drones. Dedrone’s most notable references include the Clinton-Trump televised debates, the Suffolk County prison in New York, the Royal Family of Qatar, and the New York Mets’ stadium. In November of last year, Dedrone was recognised as one of the most promising start-ups in the world as part of the Cisco Innovation Grand Challenge.
Nassau Police deployed DroneTracker to protect candidates from illegal UAVs during presidential debate The first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at Hofstra University on September 26 was, according to acting Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter, the most critical security event in the last 30 years in Nassau County.Although flying drones on Hofstra University is forbidden, additional security measures were implemented to protect the faculty, students, and debate participants against intruding UAVs. The integration of Dedrone’s early drone detection system into existing security systems enabled the detection, tracking, and localisation of pilots of potentially harmful drones that were illegally entering the airspace.Counter drone technology“A no-fly-zone cannot keep people with malicious intentions from flying their drones in the restricted area. This is why we had to upgrade our security plan and implement counter-drone technology as well,” said Detective Lieutenant Kenneth Strigaro, Commanding Officer of the Technical Services Section, regarding the Nassau Police’s security detail for the debate. The airspace above the campus was surveilled with a network of DroneTracker systems, developed by San Francisco-based company Dedrone.Several multi-sensors consisting of multiple passive sensors that are developed to detect drones were installed across the campus to keep the presidential candidates and civilians safe. Every drone detected alarmed Nassau Police and provided their team with detailed information and allowed security to track the intruding drone, implement countermeasures, and trace the pilot.Integration with overall security planThe high profile event was supported by several federal and state agencies, including the United States Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the local Nassau County Police Department (NCPD). This is not the first time that NCPD coordinated the security taskforce for a presidential debate and they have a clear understanding of the rigorous demands implied on events of this magnitude. "Dedrone demonstrated that its solution quickly integrated into our overall security plan and provided us with very comprehensive, real-time information" On this matter, Deputy Chief of Support Services, Kevin G. Canavan, mentioned that, “Investing in technology these days is a must. Our agency prides itself in utilising state-of-the-art equipment that delivers precise and relevant intelligence to our members, thereby allowing them to be far more efficient and effective with their overall operational efforts. Dedrone demonstrated that its solution quickly integrated into our overall security plan and provided us with very comprehensive, real-time information regarding unauthorised UAS platforms during this high profile event”.Collaboration with AirVuJoerg Lamprecht, CEO and Co-founder of Dedrone, said: “We are very proud to have contributed our share to the national security effort. An event of this significance calls for the highest security standards. It was an honour to work with the NCPD to ensure a safe and seamless debate between the presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.”Dedrone partnered with AirVu, a global security and unmanned system provider, for specialised onsite staffing, logistical and planning support. David Walshe, Business Development Director AirVu added, “AirVu and Dedrone’s individual commitment to the group effort ensured a time sensitive project for the Nassau County Police Department was delivered successfully. This seamless flow of expert industry knowledge shared between both companies is the beauty of our partnership.”