Dedrone Receives $12M Funding Round Led by TempoCap

The funding will accelerate development of the Dedrone platform, which provides early warning, classification of, and mitigation against drone threats.

SAN FRANCISCO — Dedrone, a designer and manufacturer of counter-drone systems, has secured $12.1 million in funding.

Based here, Dedrone was founded in 2014 and is backed by investors including Felicis Ventures, Menlo Ventures, and John Chambers, Chairman Emeritus of Cisco Systems and founder of JC2 Ventures.

The funding round is led by the leading European technology investment company, TempoCap, which has a proven track record of investing in security technology and fast-growing software businesses. Backing ambitious founders, TempoCap supports sizeable businesses addressing real world challenges with a clear technological differentiation, according to an announcement.

Following this successful investment, Dedrone will accelerate development of its platform, which is said to provide early warning, classification of, and mitigation against drone threats. The Dedrone platform is a complete counter-drone solution designed to detect and classify drone-based threats. The company’s system detects approaching drones with the help of radio sensors as well as special camera and radar systems, whose data are processed by the intelligent DroneTracker software.

“Drone technology has advanced tremendously in the past few years, and today drones significantly aid in surveying, disaster relief, delivery, and myriad business and consumer applications,” says Aaditya Devarakonda, CEO of Dedrone. “However, in the wrong hands, a drone’s accessibility, capabilities, and ease of flying make it especially suitable for hacking, surveillance and terrorism.”

TempoCap Managing Partner Olav Ostin comments, “Quite simply, this is cutting edge-technology delivering a massive difference to governments, businesses and critical national infrastructure. It’s a market that is growing rapidly, and we’re investing in the best company in this sector.”

Philipp Meindl, Investment Partner at TempoCap adds, “The impact of illicit drone usage has been felt by thousands of people and organizations and unfortunately, it’s a threat that’s only going to get more prevalent as drones become more widespread. We’re excited to address this challenge head-on.”

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