Drone-Detection Developer Secures Another Big Investment

Dedrone, developer of the DroneTracker, a platform for the detection of civilian unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), has secured a seven-figure investment from Silicon Valley investors.

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 chief operating officer of Meraki; Tom Noonan, former chairman, president and CEO of Internet Security Systems Inc.; and Trevor Healy, former CEO of Jajah and Amobee.

“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.”

In May 2016, venture capital firm Menlo Ventures from Menlo Park, Calif., invested $10 million in the young company, which now employs around 60 people in San Francisco and Kassel, Germany, where it houses a development and production facility.

“Drones are going to revolutionize a number of aspects of business and professional life,” states Aruba Networks’ Orr. “However, as the drone market is booming, the call for technologies to manage the associated risks is becoming ever louder.”

According to Dedrone, DroneTracker is used to protect infrastructure from illegal or improper intrusion by small drones. The company says its 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. Depending on the requirements, any number of sensors can be integrated into DroneTracker, and countermeasures such as jamming transmitters can be activated automatically.

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