San Francisco-based drone defense startup Dedrone just launched a spinoff arm called Dedrone Defense, with goals to provide anti-drone services for U.S. federal agencies, including the Department of Defense.
Dedrone is known primarily for its counter-drone, complete technology solution” that collects and aggregates drone activity data through sensors and automatically analyzes the data so responders can track the source of a potential drone threat. Its use case has been everything from local police departments to event organizers (such as the PGA tour team to prevent rogue drones flying over the golf course).
Today, the company is expanding where it wants its technology to land with the launch of a new business unit called Dedrone Defense, based just outside of Washington, D.C. in Sterling, Virginia.
The goal of the new Dedrone Defense arm is to create “services and solutions for U.S. federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, ” according to a statement from Dedrone, “providing a proven, end-to-end solution that detects and classifies airspace activity, protects assets from drone threats, and defeats adversary drones.”
Dedrone is no stranger to working with the U.S. government. The company currently has an ongoing contract with DIU (Defense Innovation Unit), and has a deployment at F.E. Warren Air Force Base. A spokesperson for Dedrone added that the company has a number of active contracts they would be fulfilling as part of the acquisition, but could not specify further.
Dedrone has a few products; its DroneTracker software can recognize and classify radio frequency (RF), WiFi, and non-WiFi sUAS, transmits data to command and control centers, be programmed to automatically trigger alerts and countermeasures when a drone threat is confirmed. Its other product, DroneDefender uses radio control frequency disruption and is a lightweight, point-and-shoot system with a demonstrated range of 400 meters.
Until now, DroneDefender was actually owned by another technology company called Battelle (which designs and manufactures a wide range of products, from cruise control to no-melt chocolate). Batelle and Dedrone have worked together since August 2017. But as of today, along with the launch of Dedrone Defense, the San Francisco-based company also announced that it had purchased DroneDefender (including its assets and intellectual property) from Battelle. Dedrone would not disclose the terms of the sale.
The U.S. government is already using DroneDefender. Units are currently in use by the U.S. Departments of Defense and Department of Homeland Security.