Almost every day there seems to be a new story about the potential for drone technology to change our lives. On the other side of this, there is less talk about what a proliferation of drones means for surveillance, security and the general environmental and social impact. The German start-up, Dedrone, is concerned about just this problem and recently attraced a significant amount of funding.
With its anti-drone technology Dedrone is on the fast track. Only a month ago there was a funding round which raised millions of dollars, and now the start-up has just received US$ 15 million more. This time by Ex-Cisco CEO John Chambers and the Valley investor Felicis Ventures lead the investment. Previous investors, Target Partners from Munich and VC Menlo Ventures (also based in the Silicon Valley), are also taking part in the round. In short order, the start-up has collected a total of 28 million dollars.
Since its establishment almost two years, Dedrone has been developing warning systems that detect and report drones. The fresh capital of this series B round is now to be used for the further product development as well as the expansion of sales and marketing.
Dedrone develops so-called DroneTrackers which generate an alarm as soon as a drone moves into a monitored area. Within a range of 500 meters, the system can perceive flying craft such as drones and with the help of a camera it can make pictures and videos of them.