What Are We Protecting?
Drones have proliferated in the consumer and prosumer application markets. Unfortunately, some drones are being used for nefarious purposes. Drones have been weaponized to carry dangerous payloads, and have been armed with optics that can surveil friendly force movements or capture a company’s valuable intellectual property.
MESMER® will prevent drones from physically harming people, damaging and disrupting critical infrastructure, and stealing intellectual property.
What is MESMER®?
How Does It Work?
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Department 13’s MESMER® Counter Drone System (represented in the image below) is a unique and patented drone mitigation solution. Mesmer® is low power, non-jamming, non-line of sight, and non-kinetic. MESMER® provides a safe and effective method of protecting personnel and infrastructure from dangerous drones. The key differentiator for MESMER® is its ability to manipulate weaknesses in all digital radio protocols. This allows MESMER® to execute sophisticated automated detection and mitigation strategies that stop, redirect, land or take control of drones across a range of national security and defense scenarios. MESMER®‘s patented technology is built on open source software architecture. This ensures that MESMER® can be seamlessly integrated into existing security and surveillance systems.
The MESMER® v1.5 system has three key components:
- A general purpose computer server running Linux OS. Multiple Ethernet ports are utilized for intra-system communication.
- Software Defined Radios (SDR) that are commercially available for RF signal reception and generation. SDRs can generate arbitrary waveforms which are used to detect, identify and mitigate drones.
- An RF Front End that provides signal conditioning on both receive and transmit channels, and that allows MESMER® to perform optimally in a real-world environment.
The system can be operated using a graphical user interface:
- A tablet with a touch screen, or
- A standard desktop monitor with a keyboard and mouse.
The MESMER® v1.5 system can also be operated in Auto-Mitigation mode that does not require a manual operator to initiate a drone mitigation.
D13 has a dedicated team working on the mitigation of newly available drones. D13 continually rolls out mitigation capabilities for new drones, in the form of software updates. The updates are available on a regular schedule, or at an interval that is agreed upon by the customer.
MESMER® is flexible. It can be installed in ruggedized enclosures equipped with climate control for fixed sites (indoor/outdoor), or used for mobile applications.
MESMER® can be used as a standalone system. Or, it can be integrated into Command & Control (security) systems, via RJ45 cable and standard IP-based networking.
How Do I Purchase MESMER®?
MESMER® v1.5 is available for purchase with environmental enclosure and antenna mast options that suit a wide range of applications (such as fixed installations and mobile security). D13 understands the drone economy and client requirements for adaptable and reconfigurable equipment that can be regularly upgraded to manage new drone threats. With a MESMER® purchase, D13 offers software maintenance (with annual software upgrades), and software renewal options. D13 also offers training and servicing options that support a turnkey solution.
MESMER® is currently available internationally and to US Federal Government agencies. Please reach out to us with your sales and/or leasing requirements.
Why the name MESMER®?
One of the first questions we get here at Department 13 is why we named our counter autonomous system product MESMER®. MESMER® is the name of a German physician, Franz Friedrich Anton Mesmer, who lived from 1734 to 1815. Franz Mesmer became famous for his theory that all living creatures emitted an energy field called ‘mesmerism’. Mesmer believed that each person’s mesmerism could be influenced by other persons. Mesmer’s ideas are often compared to the Chinese medicine concept of Chi (Qi), and also hypnotism, a technique derived from Mesmer’s initial practices. When we started to develop D13’s platform capabilities to perform protocol manipulation, we considered it analogous to hypnotism where we attempt to confuse or bend a targeted drone to do our bidding. Eventually, we named it after the grandfather of hypnotism: Mesmer.