Time Magazine recently named Dedrone Holdings of Sterling, VA as one of the winners of AI Best Tech Inventions of 2023.
The company provides drone detection and deterrent software as a service.
Drones aren’t typically something that average Americans worry about but with millions of small devices flying around it is something that keeps law enforcement officials up at night.
The intent of the pilot might not even be malicious, but drones that fly too high can be a danger to planes.
Drone pilots without much experience can easily lose control causing injury to people or damage to property.
However, it is the malicious users that cause the most worries with the possibility of intentional drone attacks using explosives.
Dedrone’s first clients were all military and the software is used around the world to protect military bases and other high-value targets.
This year the company began offering a similar service called Dedrone City-Wide to provide a security dome over cities.
The company uses artificial intelligence in a product called DedroneTracker.AI that helps users track and identify all types of drones, identifying ones that are flying too close to restricted spaces.
The AI provides risk assessments, alert consolidations, and enhanced maps that allow an individual to secure a large area.
The system provides real-time information and the ability for safety officials to jam the devices and track the exact location of the pilot.
The system is available in 40 major cities globally and requires no specific infrastructure.
Police and security teams can download the app on their phones and simply log in to begin tracking drone traffic.
Nic Vajen, Director of Safety and Security at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City said, “We never realized how vulnerable our stadium was to drones until we started tracking drone usage in our area. While most of the operators have no nefarious intent, it presents a clear safety and security risk at our matches.”