Dedrone Announces DedroneBeyond, Enabling Drones as First Responders 

Two law enforcement agencies testing new Dedrone solution to achieve FAA waivers for true beyond visual line of sight drone operations.

STERLING, Va. — Airspace security provider Dedrone has launched DedroneBeyond, its solution to enable drone operations to fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) for state, local, territorial and tribal (SLTT) law enforcement and emergency services when deploying drone as first responders (DFR).

Currently in active testing programs in Michigan and Alabama, DedroneBeyond “enables drones to fly without the need for human visual observers,” according to the company announcement.

Powered by the same computer-vision-enabled, sensor-fusion AI that currently protects more than 500 sites around the world, DedroneBeyond delivers “complete situational awareness for safe drone navigation through the airspace and provides an infrastructure for the positive drone economy to emerge,” the company announcement says.

“Drones can provide more than just a birds-eye view of a situation,” says Aaditya Devarakonda, CEO of Dedrone, in the company announcement. “They can arrive at a scene faster than humans and then enable assessment of an emerging incident to provide critical information for law enforcement and first responders to make better decisions before sending in personnel.

“Today, this potential is hampered by the need to always have human eyes on a drone. DedroneBeyond unlocks that potential and makes it easier for law enforcement across the country to implement scalable DFR programs. DedroneBeyond is a natural extension for Dedrone, leveraging the company’s deep knowledge and technology foundation for aircraft detection and multi-sensor fusion, to further expand its global leadership in airspace security,” he says.

More About DedroneBeyond

To fly a drone BVLOS in the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) must issue a certificate of authorization (COA) to the end user. To acquire a COA, an agency must show that its technology can reliably detect other aircraft to prevent mid-air collisions.

DedroneBeyond layers Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS–B) detection into Dedrone’s existing premier detection and sensor-fusion technologies, tech. The company anticipates working with its pilot partners in Q4 2023 and Q1 2024 to submit applications for COAs.

By using a drone to assess a situation, law enforcement agencies can respond faster and be more resource efficient.

DedroneBeyond joins Dedrone’s suite of smart airspace security solutions, all of which leverage DedroneTracker.AI, the company’s global-leading command and control (C2) airspace security platform. The platform uses AI to performs true sensor fusion to monitor a drone’s flight path and behavior.

Dedrone additionally offers this C2 capability across every kind of setting depending on customer needs, including DedroneCityWide, for zero-install drone detection and monitoring across wide areas, DedroneFixedSite, drone detection for critical infrastructure locations and mobile kits designed for specific situations, DedroneTactical for agile expeditionary environments and DedroneRapidResponse for mobile drone detection.

Dedrone is now able to offer protection from the threat of drones to more than 50% of the U.S. population. Dedrone is implemented across 30 countries and is used by five of the G-7 nation governments; 190 critical infrastructure sites; 30 airports; 60+ stadiums; 15+ U.S. federal entities and 20+ non-US governments.

The company provides counterdrone solutions for some of the most high-profile events around the world, working closely with more than 120 public safety agencies globally.

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