Department of Homeland Security Awards Dedrone Designation Status as Only Counter-Drone Company Currently Acknowledged Under the SAFETY Act

Rigorous acknowledgment process reflects the robust capabilities of Dedrone’s ability to protect against drone threats and attempted acts of terrorism

STERLING, Va.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Dedrone, the leader in smart airspace security, today announced that it is the first counter-drone company to receive the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002 (SAFETY Act) Designation status from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of SAFETY Act Implementation (OSAI). Both its command-and-control (C2) platform, DedroneTracker.AI, and its DedroneSensor radio frequency (RF) sensors have been officially awarded as approved technology under the SAFETY Act. Dedrone was advised by Petrone Risk in the successful pursuit of this award with Senior Managing Director Kathleen Lupia leading the effort.

“With this Designation award, DHS today made clear that airspace security is now an essential part of any anti-terrorism security apparatus,” said Aaditya Devarakonda, CEO of Dedrone. “Having previously worked with some of our customers in their efforts to acquire SAFETY Act acknowledgment, we know that OSAI’s process is extremely rigorous. This is a tremendous honor for Dedrone as the preeminent counter-drone company, now with SAFETY Act Designation status technology and a resounding validation of our ongoing work to ensure our dual-use technology is as effective as possible for both civilian and military applications.”

The SAFETY Act was designed to encourage the development and use of anti-terrorism products and services. A technology must have demonstrated effectiveness during operational testing or through prior use. Designation provides a liability cap as well as exclusive action in federal court, no joint and several liability for non-economic damages, and no punitive damages or prejudgment interest. The full Designation is in effect for Dedrone until April 30, 2029. Dedrone’s awarded technology deployed during its period of Designation is protected for the lifetime of its deployment.

Dedrone is implemented across 32 countries and is used by five of the G-7 nation governments; 829 sites, including 49 airports and 59 stadiums; 15 US federal entities and 20 non-US governments. The company actively provides counter-drone solutions for some of the most high-profile events and organizations, working with public safety entities to protect over 360 sites globally.

About Dedrone

Dedrone is the world’s leader in smart airspace security. Hundreds of commercial, government and military customers around the world rely on Dedrone’s comprehensive, command and control (C2) solution to protect against the persistent and escalating threat from drones while enabling “good” drones to fly. By leveraging AI/ML, Dedrone is the only solution that provides continuous, autonomous drone interrogation and verification that enables both multi-sensor and multi-mitigation options onto a single “pane-of-glass”. Whether on-premise/air-gapped or in the cloud, Dedrone customers can easily detect, track, identify, analyze and mitigate drone threats.

Established in 2014, Dedrone is headquartered just outside of Washington, D.C., and has offices in San Francisco, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Westerville, OH, Bristol, United Kingdom, Odense, Denmark and Kassel, Germany. The company has been named a CNBC Disruptor 50 company, appeared on the Silicon Valley Defense Group NatSec 100 list, and was most recently named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in the security sector. To reach our airspace security experts, visit and follow us on X, Vimeo, and LinkedIn.

About Petrone Risk

Petrone Risk, a long-standing trusted security program resource, serves the global community in an effort to elevate emergency preparedness, safety and security prospects. Accomplished through steadfast and enduring client relationships, Petrone Risk works to analyze and understand the needs of its eclectic client base and document protocol and processes in support of organizational maintenance and elevation, inevitably poising clients for SAFETY Act candidacy for which Petrone Risk also supports.


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