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D13 completes successful test of counter-drone solution

Australian-listed US-based technology products developer, Department 13 (D13) has successfully tested its recently launched counter-drone product, Mesmer.

D13 (ASX:D13), which listed in Australia last year, developed its counter-drone to enable an effective and safe method of protecting personnel and infrastructure from dangerous drones.

According to Jonathan Hunter, chief executive of Department 13, Mesmer performed at the highest levels during the sales demonstrations and operational tests in Australia to a wide variety of potential customers.

“D13 working with our Australian Distributor, EPE, demonstrated a capability of a flexible, adaptive counter drone solution that will continue to grow to meet the drone threats of today and those of tomorrow.

“With increased worldwide drone activity that presents evolving security challenges, there is a growing interest in our platform. We look forward to fielding Mesmer’s capabilities to organisations entrusted with protecting their constituents from potentially dangerous situations.”

Mesmer is a patented, low power, non-jamming, non-line of sight, non-kinetic drone mitigation solution and Hunter said the company expected to provide updates on sales in Australia on finalisation of purchase orders through EPE following the demonstrations.

He said the company expected to provide news on initial sales in the US shortly thereafter.

Hunter said the emergence of small, lightweight, low cost Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) offered many applications and benefits. However, UAS technologies could be employed to remotely deploy threats.

“The demonstrated use of UAS by conventional, non-state and irregular forces has added another dimension of threat.”

Mesmer works by providing automated detection and mitigation strategies, allowing users (either autonomously or with a person in the loop) to stop, redirect, land, or take total control of a target drone. This is done with protocol manipulation, which takes advantage of weaknesses found in all digital radio protocols.

According to Hunter, unlike other counter drone systems that use radio jamming and standard electronic mitigation techniques, Mesmer uses signal features and metadata to select and apply strategies in order to curtail drone threats, “regardless of how drone vendors may try and prevent this from happening”.

“This protocol manipulation is low power so it doesn’t affect non-targeted communication signals, which is a plus. This also allows Mesmer to operate below 1 watt and within Australian ACMA and NZ RSM regulatory constraint.”


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).