Fortem Technologies proved to an audience of over 140 agencies last week that their DroneHunter, the world’s premier AI-enabled interceptor drone, could safely remove a threatening drone from a complex airport environment. The recent test event at Oslo Airport in Norway was spearheaded by Interpol, Avinor, the police, and UAS Norway to demonstrate counter drone capabilities.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is evaluating cutting-edge air domain awareness technologies to support DHS’s mission to protect the airspace along our northern border with Canada. Working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Department of Defense, and the Federal Aviation Administration to develop requirements and testing criteria, S&T’s National Urban Security Technology Laboratory led a test team that also included the Montana National Guard, Northern Plains UAS Test Site, and MITRE.
Fortem Technologies announced successful performance in detecting small UAS before a team of U.S. Government evaluators based on an Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate requirement in May 2021. The event focused on testing various counter UAS systems including the Fortem SkyDome system, TrueView radar and DroneHunter. The Defense Innovation Unit created a test environment to determine how well various counter drone systems would perform in urban environments that make it difficult to detect potential threat UAS.
Keeping Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel safe on the job is a crucial part of the Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) mission. Nearly every day, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents come across drones that may have been used to facilitate the movement of illicit drugs or people across the southern border.
Dedrone announces the successful implementation of Dedrone’s counter-drone technology at Preakness 146. Dedrone worked with the security team from 1/ST and the Maryland Jockey Club, owners of Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes, in the weeks leading up to the event for a pre-event threat assessment. On multiple occasions before race day, unauthorized drone pilots were detected and located with Dedrone enabling security teams to respond to potential threats in real-time.
Qognify has announced that it is enabling Southern Illinois University (SIU) to stream drone footage in real-time, securely, and with low latency. Integrating drones with its existing Ocularis video management system (VMS), also from Qognify, delivers additional operational, safety and security benefits including active shooter tests, evidence sharing, monitoring, maintenance and mapping.
Dedrone is the most trusted global counter drone company, surpassing 1,000 sensors sold, and continues to rapidly expand the global Dedrone footprint exceeding 250% revenue growth year-over-year. Dedrone detects, identifies, and locates nearly 250 different drone types and can provide mitigation when authorized for use. Dedrone’s extensive drone library leverages a machine-learning and Al validation process to deliver maximum detection of varied drone types and manufacturers, with minimal false positives.
The terrain along our northern border with Canada is vast and unique, and features a diverse array of geographical landscapes including the grasslands, prairies, and lowland plains of North Dakota and the mountains and badlands of Montana. Safeguarding and securing the northern border against threats and illegal activities, such as human trafficking and smuggling of illicit drugs, presents unique challenges because of its various distinct landscapes and multiple points of entry into the country.
Parrot is launching its Bug Bounty program with YesWeHack. Through this partnership, Parrot benefits from YesWeHack’s vast community of cybersecurity researchers to identify potential vulnerabilities in its drones, mobile applications and WebServices. Cybersecurity is a priority for Parrot. Parrot provides its users with full transparency on the security of their data and has conducted numerous security audits on its products, both internally and by its customers.
In a move welcomed by those in the aviation industry, Port of Antwerp has become the first seaport to initiate unmanned air traffic management in a busy and complex port environment. In doing so, they are the first non-aviation authority to become a fully-fledged geozone manager. As geozone manager, the port will be responsible for managing ground risk related to above-the-ground activity, with respects to operational and working drones.
D-Fend Solutions and IDGA released survey results revealing that traditional counter-drone technologies, such as jamming-based and kinetic solutions, are viewed as inadequate. The counter-small, unmanned aerial systems (C-sUAS) survey collected insights from security personnel worldwide who are involved in their organization’s C-sUAS operations. Participants hailed from special forces and military, national security and homeland security.
In response to increased awareness of rogue drone risks globally, D-Fend Solutions have distributed its flagship product, EnforceAir, to numerous new clients while expanding its presence at existing customer sites. D-Fend continued to grow its team globally and enlarged its North American operations, including the establishment of a direct presence in Canada. The company’s management team is now comprised of 13 executives.
D-Fend Solutions announced the expansion of its North American headquarters in McLean, Virginia. This announcement follows D-Fend Solutions’ strategic focus on North America, its continued growth in the region during 2020 and the strong adoption of its flagship product, EnforceAir , by North American military and special forces, national and homeland security, law enforcement, airports, border patrol, VIP executive protection, and event and stadium organizations.
Parrot announced the results of an independent data privacy and security audit of its FreeFlight 6 mobile application for the ANAFI series of drones. The extensive audit was conducted by Bishop Fox, one of the most recognized private offensive-security professional services companies, in order to scrutinize and objectivize potential security vulnerabilities and privacy issues in the FreeFlight 6 app. No user data is shared by the app unless the user explicitly chooses to share the information.
Parrot announce a new partnership with Florida-based Airborne International Response Team (AIRT), the leading non-profit organization supporting Drones For Good and the official home of DRONERESPONDERS, the world’s fastest-growing program supporting the use of UAS by public safety and emergency services organizations across the U.S. and around the globe. Parrot will support the disaster response and humanitarian missions of AIRT.
Fortem Technologies announced today that it has expanded its global presence with a strategic Gulf Region (GCC) end user deployment in the national security and defense sector. The Fortem SkyDome System consists of distributed TrueView radar to detect and identify uncooperative drones, and the Fortem DroneHunter, which is autonomously cued by SkyDome to further evaluate the threatening drone and remove or disable it from a safe location with no collateral damage.
Parrot announced its support for Human Rights Watch’s mission of investigating human rights abuses around the world. To assist the organization’s work, Parrot is providing its powerful ANAFI drones, along with advanced software and technical support. Most recently, as part of a Human Rights Watch investigation into ISIS atrocities in northern Syria, Parrot provided support in capturing aerial imagery and 3D data of the al-Hota gorge near Raqqa.
PicPocket-Labs announces that it has been awarded US Patent No. 10,640,208 for “Drone Ba sed Systems and Methodologies for Capturing Images.” The patent pertains to an “on-demand” service which allows a user to send or request an unmanned autonomous vehicle (UAV) to a location or a target of interest (stationary or moving) for, among other purposes, media/data capture. National patent protection is underway in Canada, China and Europe.
Fortem Technologies announced the shipment of the new AI-enabled F700 DroneHunter. In a world where jamming drones and drone swarms from the ground is no longer effective, the F700 stands alone as a safe, effective deterrent against the rising number of careless and criminal drones. The ultimate advancements of the F700 are its new flexible undercarriage, which offers interchangeable counter measures for single, multiple or swarm-based threats.
Percepto announced the appointment of Amit Musli to the role of Vice President of Sales. Amit Musli will build on the success Percepto has achieved in the past 12 months, during which time the company has grown its customer base across four continents and 10 countries – providing aerial insights for organizations (including Fortune 500 and the top ASX) in mining, oil & gas, solar and thermoelectric power industries.