Dedrone, a market leader in smart airspace security, and a 2021 Platinum ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winner for Best Airport/Aviation Security Solution, is strengthening it’s leadership with the appointment of Balaji Tamirisa as the New Chief Technology Officer (CTO), where he will oversee the continued expansion of Dedrone’s suite of technologies.
Additionally, Daniel Anixt as Dedrone’s New Vice President and General Counsel will manage all legal matters for the company, including government and corporate affairs.
As airspace security becomes increasingly critical amid the growing drone economy predicted to reach 9.6 million in global consumer shipments alone by 2023, Dedrone is undergoing a period of rapid growth. The company offers best-in-class detection, identification, tracking, and mitigation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) from over 65 commercial manufacturers and handcrafted drones.
(See why Dedrone is a market leader in airspace security, with products that protect people, property, and information against unauthorized and malicious drones. Courtesy of Dedrone and YouTube.)
“Dedrone has experienced phenomenal growth and expansion over the last year, including doubling our team here in the US in the next few months,” explained Aaditya Devarakonda, CEO of Dedrone.
“As we scale our solution offerings, the depth of engineering experience that Balaji brings to the team is unparalleled—everything from full-stack software for millions of mobile phones around the world, to baseband radio frequency solutions that continue to make up the backbone of global cellular connectivity, and millions of sensor meters pushing a myriad of datasets to the cloud.”
“Balaji’s deep knowledge in each of these areas applied to the problem of drone detection and mitigation in urban and contested environments promises to take our product capability to the next level of sophistication and maintain the market leadership that our customers deserve, as this space matures. We are absolutely delighted to have him on our team.”
Tamirisa has spent over two decades in engineering, program management, and telecommunications, most recently serving as the VP, R&D at Itron, where he helped to grow the business significantly by launching new products and software for industrial IoT devices.
He also spearheaded an overhaul in design, development, and testing cycles to ensure customer commitments were met, and previously held positions at Synaptics as its Director of Software Engineering; Freescale Semiconductor as the Director, Wireless Access Division; and Coherent Logix as its Principal Architect.
“Drone detection is a complex problem with an even more complex solution, given the sheer variety of drones out there and the ever-escalating security needs of governments, major companies, airports, and more,” said Tamirisa.
“I am excited and honored to be joining the global leader in this rapidly growing space.”
“With drone usage only increasing, I am excited to oversee future improvements and expansion of Dedrone’s technology and work closely with the industry and the rest of the Dedrone team.”
Daniel Anixt has spent nearly 20 years providing legal counsel and issue management across the telecommunications and logistics industries. Most recently, he served as the Associate General Counsel and then Deputy General Counsel for China Telecom Americas (CTA), and oversaw a team that handled CTA’s transactions, regulatory matters, and commercial disputes throughout the U.S., Canada, and Central and South America.
He also held positions that include Assistant General Counsel at Verizon; US Legal Counsel, Vice President Mitel US Holdings, and Corporate Secretary at Mitel; and General Counsel for Right Sourcing Solutions Ltd.
“Daniel, meanwhile, has the broad international legal experience that Dedrone needs as institutions continue to realize how crucial airspace security is for safety in airports, live events, and critical infrastructure,” added Devarakonda.
“His extensive understanding of critical contract negotiations with governments and commercial entities will ensure that Dedrone continues to effectively grow alongside the drone economy.”
Dedrone products and systems have been installed across 35 countries including four of the G7 nations, and the company’s solutions are in use in over 30 government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), plus eight other U.S. federal agencies, more than 70 critical infrastructure sites, 50 correctional facilities, and 20 international airports.
(Learn about the DedroneTracker’s user interface and watch our security expert mitigate a real drone threat. Courtesy of Dedrone and YouTube.)
“AD and the team have built a company that governments and other major entities trust, and I’m looking forward to continuing the important work of ensuring that trust continues as Dedrone provides these vital services,” said Anixt.
“I am honored by the opportunity to join the team and further its leadership in this space.”
The company recently launched its first portable detection unit, DedroneRapidResponse, which is one of two Dedrone products Nominated in the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program.
Deployable in under 30 minutes and ideal for law enforcement, DedroneRapidReponse, which was recently debuted by the St. Petersburg Police Department at the 2022 Firestone Grand Prix, offers an easy to deploy, mobile solution that provides up to 5km of detection through a multi-layered solution.
DedroneRapidResponse towers also easily network together to deliver optimal drone security for large public safety events.
The partnered with Dedrone to be the first agency to use the company’s new mobile drone detection technology at the 2022 Firestone Grand Prix, an IndyCar motor race.
(St. Petersburg Police has partnered with Dedrone to be the first agency to use mobile drone detection technology. A drone that falls onto the racetrack could pose a deadly hazard to the racecars traveling at high speeds. Courtesy of St. Pete PD and YouTube.)
Dedrone’s counter-drone system is trusted by hundreds of commercial, government, and military customers globally to protect against unauthorized drones. With the flexibility to host on-premise or in the cloud via Dedrone’s Airspace Security-as-a-Service (ASaaS), Dedrone customers can detect, identify, locate, analyze and mitigate unauthorized drone threats.
The company is leveraging its recent funding round to expand Tamirisa’s team, and seeks to hire several key positions including both software and hardware RF engineers. If interested, go to https://www.dedrone.com/about/jobs to apply.
To Learn More and reach Dedrone’s airspace security experts, please visit dedrone.com.
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— Dedrone (@Dedrone) May 18, 2022
Dedrone Takes Platinum in Aviation Security Solution 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program
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Best Airport/Aviation Security Solution (Tie**)
DedroneTracker counter-drone software, which can be hosted in the cloud or on-premise, uses the DedroneDNA database to recognize and classify RF, WiFi, and non-WiFi drones, plus triggers alerts and countermeasures.
DedroneTracker seamlessly integrates with a variety of 3rd-party sensing and threat mitigation technologies, enabling users to customize their platform and meet their specific needs and threat level.
A major metropolitan city in Southern Europe recently deployed less than a dozen DedroneSensors to detect, track and locate drones and their pilots across the city center.
The protected area includes internationally renowned tourist destinations, corporate and shopping districts, residential areas, and a port encompassing 50 square kilometers.
With Dedrone, organizations of all sizes can select and combine best-in-class sensors to personalize their airspace security solutions to protect their vulnerable airspace and effectively address their specific threat profile.
- *Dedrone was also recognized in the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program.
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