Exclusive: Dedrone acquires Aerial Armor for drone defense
First came the drones, with global sales expected to top $60 billion within five years. Now a cottage industry has emerged to protect businesses, stadiums and other sensitive areas from aerial intrusions.
Driving the news: Dedrone, a Virginia-based airspace security startup that's raised over $130 million in venture capital funding, tells Axios exclusively that it's acquired Aerial Armor, a Phoenix-based developer of drone detection systems.
- Dedrone says the deal helps it cover nearly 50% of the U.S. population, and that Aerial Armor's radio frequency (RF)-based hardware helps it solve some lingering detection problems.
What they're saying: "A lot of counter-drone companies are very good with one type of sensor or mitigation, like RF or radar or acoustics or visual," says Mary-Lou Smulders, Dedrone's chief marketing officer.
- "We bring all of that into a single solution and use an AI algorithm to determine things like if it's a drone or a bird, [and] where exactly the drone is. We can even do pilot tracking."
What to watch: More consolidation.