Dedrone provides an automatic, integrated, and self-contained platform that delivers drone classification and countermeasures to secure against drone threats and their operators 24/7. The company says DroneTracker is the only modular system on the market that can be customized to address site-specific threats, adapted for easy integration to an existing security program, and accommodates building structures, landscapes, and other exterior conditions." Dedrone's DroneTracker platform provides a complete airspace monitoring and management solution through a convenient browser-based interface. DroneTracker allows users to readily configure multiple sensors, active and passive countermeasures, and alerts for automatic, 24/7 operation. The software continuously displays real-time airspace information and classifies drones using Dedrone's DroneDNA advanced analysis and pattern recognition capabilities. Defensive measures against hostile drones can be activated automatically, with security service providers notified as appropriate. Dedrone automatically classifies, issues alerts, and records evidence to identify and assess potential threats, and can automatically trigger offensive or defensive countermeasures if needed.
Combined with the broad coverage and early warning capabilities of Dedrone’s RF-100, the new RF-300 adds situational awareness so organizations can determine the nature and severity of threats from unauthorized drones. Dedrone’s RF-100 and RF-300 are both supported by Dedrone Cloud.
In March 2018 Dedrone launched a new sensor, the RF-300, which automatically locates drones and their pilots. According to the company “When combined with the broad coverage and early warning capabilities of Dedrone’s RF-100, the new RF-300 adds situational awareness for organizations to determine the nature and severity of threats from unauthorized drones.”
Key features of the RF-300 include:
• Automatically tracks a drone’s flightpath, providing advance opportunity to protect sensitive infrastructure and deploy security measures
• Pinpoints the location of a drone pilot, enabling security personnel to either alert law enforcement of an illegal intrusion or confront the pilot at their launch site
• Connects to DroneTracker, Dedrone’s software platform, which combines multiple sensors and countermeasures, including RF, cameras, and microphones, for complete airspace security.
In July 2018 Dedrone announced the release of Dedrone Cloud which “streamlines and accelerates drone detection technology installations, without requiring on-site IT infrastructure or maintenance.”
According to a company press release additional highlights of Dedrone Cloud include:
• Accelerates technology deployment: Dedrone Cloud enables easier deployment of the Dedrone system and thus makes it quicker for customers perform a threat analysis of their airspace
• Removes the need for on-site infrastructure: Dedrone Cloud does not require additional IT infrastructure, helping security teams avoid additional costs for hardware, and time spent for installation
• Eliminates manual updates and maintenance: Communication between DroneTracker Software and RF sensor is configured automatically, and all new feature updates are automatically integrated into a customer’s DroneTracker software
• Ensures data is reliable, accessible and secure: With a 99.9% uptime rate, Dedrone Cloud enables security providers to have the latest information on their airspace activity
In September 2018 Dedrone released DroneTracker 3.5, a drone detection system aimed at defeating drone swarms.
In April 2019 the company announced the launch of its Drone Tracker 4 C-UAS.
In January 2019 Dedrone launched the Dedrone RF-160, an upgraded version of the company’s existing foundational RF sensor, the RF-100. The newest radio frequency sensor includes new features such as increased detection range, streamlined installation process, and integrated Long-Term Evolution (LTE) wireless communication. 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 localization and tracking of sUAS. The RF-160 is available for order today and will begin delivery in March 2020.
New features of the RF-160 include:
• Integrates LTE for fast startup and access to data for drone risk analysis: 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 and use these insights to act upon drone threats.
• Provides detection range of up to 5 km: The RF-160 provides 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 more information on drone activity can be generated when layering with other detection technologies, including the RF-300, radar, and PTZ-cameras.
• 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 organizations 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 identified.
• Increased computing power and data processing: The RF-160 features a high-performance processor, enabling rapid data processing and analytics and allows timely responses to sUAS incursions.
In October 2019 the company announced the purchase of Batelle’s DroneDefender range. These systems are non-kinetic cUAS solutions developed to instantaneously defend airspace against commercial drones without compromising safety or risking collateral damage. The systems quickly disrupt an adversary's control of a drone, neutralizing it so that no remote action, including detonation, can occur, minimizing drone damage and risk to public safety.
The system comprises a:
• Handheld Unit – The DroneDefender handheld units are portable, intuitive and man-in-the-loop. The system employs two different defences to disrupt unwanted UAS—remote control disruption and GPS disruption. Learn more about the handheld version.
• Ground-based Unit – The DroneDefender ground-based system leverages the technology developed for the handheld system for a more capable cUAS solution. The remote control defeat capability can be paired with a detection and tracking system and integrated with almost any 360° positioner.
By mounting the disruption capability on a mechanical positioner, the ground-based DroneDefender system utilizes significantly amplified power, increased antenna gains, and the precision aim-point of the positioner to neutralize UAS threats at much greater distances than the handheld version.
In September 2018 AT&T and Dedrone announced they were teaming up on a drone detection solution that helps protect military bases, venues, cities, and businesses, from malicious drones. The software-centric platform identifies approaching drones by means of radio frequency, visual, radar, and other sensor data. Analysis of sensor data then reliably classifies approaching drones and finds their locations. It then triggers alarms to alert security staff. It can also be integrated with other counter measures to help protect the public, such as building management and alarm systems.
In June 2020 Dedrone announced it had partnered with communications company BlackBerry to deliver advanced counter drone technology. As part of this embedded technology partnership Dedrone is integrating BlackBerry AtHoc software into its products to enable real-time secure alerts when a malicious or unauthorized drone is detected in an airspace.
In July 2021 General Dynamics Mission Systems teamed Dedrone to provide drone detection and drone neutralising capability to US government customers. The partners aim to detect and defeat the growing unmanned aerial system threat. In September 2021 General Dynamics reported it had developed a new counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems Expeditionary Kit, providing highly mobile C-UAS coverage for remote security requirements, in partnership with Dedrone. “This ruggedized solution allows users to rapidly deploy and setup C-UAS detection to assess UAS threats within a mission Area of Responsibility (AOR) in less than an hour with no tools required,” according to a company statement. The Counter-Unmanned Aerial System Expeditionary Kit allows users to rapidly deploy and setup Counter-UAS detection to assess threats in less than an hour with no tools required. The full kit consists of an Operational Node, Hub Node, and Remote Nodes.
Dedrone and IT solutions provider Carahsoft Technology announced a strategic partnership in early 2022 to market commercial anti-drone security solutions.
In December 2021 Dedrone announced a partnership with Swiss telecoms provider Swisscom to protect people, property and information from the threat of unauthorised drones.Together, Dedrone and Swisscom Broadcast plan to protect critical infrastructure facilities, airports, and events, as well as companies in the pharmaceutical and watchmaking industries. Additionally, the solution will enable law enforcement agencies to ensure public safety in their regions.
In May 2022 Nocturne Drones announced it has partnered with Dedrone to establish a special unit for drone defence called Nocturne Drone Defense Systems. Drone show specialist Nocturne partnered with Dedrone to expand its portfolio and protect shows around the world from unauthorised drones, says the company press release.