Mesmer™ can be provided as a stand alone system or integrated into other platforms.

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Mesmer™ is the D13 counter-drone system

MESMER™ uses novel methods to enable the detection and mitigation of radio controlled devices (e.g. drones or unmanned vehicles). In contrast to other systems, MESMER™ does not employ kinetic attacks or jamming. MESMER™ is a software platform that operates as a stand-alone system or alternately on top of existing hardware solutions. MESMER™ provides automated detection and finessed mitigation strategies that can be selected to function autonomously or with a man in the loop. MESMER™’s detection stage occurs using cognitive techniques for blind signal detection and characterization to determine the existence of threats. MESMER™’s response stage is based on a technique that we call, protocol manipulation. Protocol manipulation uses signal features and metadata to select and apply strategies in order to curtail threats.

The MESMER platform offers significant benefits over standard electronic mitigation approaches. One reason is protocol manipulation does not attempt to overpower signals like jammers. As such protocol manipulation is inherently low-power and has low interference with existing signals in the environment. MESMER™ can be operated below 1 Watt and within the US regulatory (FCC) constraints. Furthermore, MESMER™ is primarily a software defined solution that easily scales and adapts to different needs and integrates with existing hardware installations, enabling quick deployment for a wide range of CONOPS.

MESMER™’s software defined nature also gives it other benefits. Perhaps the most important of these is its flexibility. Unlike purpose built hardware solutions designed for a specific series of scenarios, MESMER™ was designed with the idea in mind that threats, constraints, as well as user needs will constantly change and evolve. As such, MESMER™’S design and use of protocol manipulation is suitable for even the most complex requirements.