Detection | Operational Awareness | Safety | Compliance

After a half a decade of protecting soldiers and civilians from improvised explosive devices (IED) and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) threats in war zones, Department 13 has developed Atlas and DIAL, an intelligent drone sensor system, to provide unparalleled situational awareness for civilian applications.

Small UAS (sUAS), commonly known as drones, can be both hugely beneficial and disproportionally damaging to businesses and the community. Our new commercial products are designed to deliver real time operational awareness, lower your risk, and assist you with compliance.

DIAL (Detect | Identify | Attribute | Locate) sensors deployed at your site passively listen for the radio frequency signature of drones that enter your area of operation. DIAL correlates signals against Department 13’s MESMER® Enhanced Deployable Software (MEDS), a library of drone fingerprints built up over five years. Once a unique sUAS fingerprint is detected, DIAL sends alerts and logs a drone’s activity in Atlas, Department 13’s user knowledge center.

Operational Awareness.
Atlas maps the activity and allows the user to whitelist known drones and blacklist potential threats. Unlike many telematics systems from UAV manufacturers, our system can identify sUAS from multiple vendors’. Atlas can collect data from other detection platforms such as radar, lidar, acoustical and optical systems, and it integrates with autonomous security systems like the Nightingale Security Blackbird drone.

Safety & Compliance.
When Atlas and DIAL are combined with a drone management system, Atlas can correlate a live drone with its accredited operator and registered flight mission to deliver pre, post and in-flight operational awareness and audit functions. Making site safety and audit simpler and easier.

What Atlas and DIAL can show you on screen:

Live drone activity map of the secured area.
Historical log of drone activity.
Heat map of drone activity.

Key features







  • Detect sUAS regardless of size.
  • Detects controller and drone.
  • Does not require line of sight.
  • Multiple sensors can network together.
  • Identifies unique drone, manufacturer and model IDs.
  • Data logging for forensics.
  • Instant intelligence assessment delivered about detected drones.
  • Location and flight paths shown in real time.
  • Drone and controller locations, and home points shown in historical views.
  • Unparalleled situational awareness.

What are we protecting?

Many enterprises, public safety agencies and contractors are using drones for good, whether that be infrastructure inspections, first responder support, professional photography or videography, and many other uses. As the use of sUAS rapidly grows, it is critical to know everything that is happening in the airspace over your assets to ensure safety, security, regulatory compliance, as well as lower insurance costs and minimise your liability.

In that same airspace, drones for bad can represent an asymmetrical threat to your critical infrastructure, sporting events, prisons, outdoor concerts, airports, corporate campuses, and any other secure site. In a matter of seconds, drones costing less than a big screen TV can quickly fly over fences, vehicle barriers, security cameras and personnel, carrying a payload that could just be a high-resolution video camera which is problematic enough or even more nefarious payloads like; contraband, explosives, listening or network hacking devices.

Critical infrastructure protection.
Autonomous surveillance and alert response.
Minimising onsite risk.

Why Department 13?

See more. Atlas and DIAL detect drones from multiple vendors at any time, watching more than just your own fleet. See your contractors at work, and see accidental or deliberate unauthorised flights over your assets.

Constant evolution. Our Atlas database is always growing and learning new drone signatures.

No false positives. The DIAL sensors monitor the unlicensed radio frequency (RF) bands used by sUAS for communication between UAV and controller. This language, known as a protocol, is unique for each manufacturer and sometimes even specific models. The MEDS software and algorithms pick out the unique protocols in its library from background RF noise, only identifying known protocols.

On the ground and in the air. The DIAL sensors RF long-range detection combines with accurate data knowledge, avoiding false positives and providing exceptional situational awareness by detecting and tracking drones in the air, and, in many instances before the drone even leaves the ground.

Aggregated visibility. Multiple DIAL sensors input data to the Atlas server and graphical interface, allowing users on-site or anywhere in the world to see what is happening across multiple locations.

Real-world scenarios where Atlas and DIAL has or could have assisted:

    • Emergency services and first responders using drone systems to save lives and reduce risk
      New advanced drone technology is helping emergency services and first responders to aid rescues, survey damage and risk, find stranded survivors and drop emergency supplies. Department 13’s reliable technology is innovative and fully customisable to enable the development of an invaluable addition to almost any operation around the globe. 
    • Sensors and counter sUAS ensure Super Bowl can proceed
      Drone hunters confiscate sUAS’s ahead of Super Bowl to send a warning about any unauthorised flights around the stadium while temporary flight restrictions in place to protect patrons, players, and infrastructure. DIAL sensors create a secure perimeter around the stadium to detect and manage any unauthorised sUAS activity – even before a drone can launch from the ground.

How do I purchase Atlas and DIAL?

Department 13 is delivering a proof of concept (PoC) trial program from August 2020. Our enterprise solutions will suit a wide range of applications and use cases. Department 13 understands the drone economy and client requirements for adaptable and reconfigurable equipment that can be regularly upgraded to manage drones and technology advancements. Throughout the PoC program, we will be collecting feedback from clients and industry professionals to add flexible capabilities into Atlas. Department 13 thrives on innovatively collaborate with our existing and new product partners and ensure unique requirements will be met.

Please register your interest immediately to participate in the PoC program as limited spaces are available. Atlas and DIAL are available for PoC’s in the US & Australia.

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