Drone Detection Specialist AeroDefense Obtains DHS SAFETY Act Designation

The company’s AirWarden solution is said to detect RF drone signals, locates both drone and pilot, and alerts appropriate personnel.

HOLMDEL, N.J. — AeroDefense announces its AirWarden Drone Defense technology has received the Developmental Testing and Evaluation (DT&E) Designation under the Department of Homeland Security’s SAFETY Act.

AeroDefense, based here, provides solutions to detect drones and pilots at stadiums, correctional facilities, critical infrastructure and other high value targets. The company’s AirWarden solution is said to detect radio frequency (RF) drone signals, locates both drone and pilot, and alerts appropriate personnel via text, email or command center console.

“We are thrilled that DHS has placed their confidence in our emerging technology,” states AeroDefense CEO Linda Ziemba. “Not only does their support validate our dedication to continuously improving the AirWarden system, but we are even more excited about what this means for our customers.”

The SAFETY Act is reference to the DHS’s Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002. The U.S. Congress created the SAFETY Act in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks to encourage the creation and use of Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies (QATTs) and provide sellers of these products and services liability protections.

The SAFETY Act limits the liability of sellers against injury or damage claims alleging technology failure in the event of a terror attack. Similar claims cannot be brought against users of the QATT. DT&E Designations are awarded to promising QATTs undergoing further testing and evaluation.

“As someone who formerly served as the deputy director of the SAFETY Act Office and currently represents companies seeking SAFETY Act, I know how rigorous the DHS review process is,” states Akmal Ali, J.D., principal at Catalyst Partners, an investment firm in the Middle East North Africa region focusing on medium-sized enterprises and family businesses. “Not only does this SAFETY Act award tell potential and current customers that AeroDefense has an effective tool for combating drone threats, but it also affords them a belt-and-suspenders approach to risk management and valuable liability protections.”

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