What Are We Protecting?

Drones have proliferated in the market for consumer and prosumer applications. Unfortunately, some drones are being used for nefarious purposes. Drones have been weaponized to carry dangerous payload, and have also 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?

Protocol Manipulation

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D13’s MESMER® Counter Drone System, represented in the image below, is a unique, patented, low power, non-jamming, non-line of sight, non-kinetic drone mitigation solution. 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 put into effect sophisticated automated detection and mitigation strategies to stop, redirect, land or take control of drones across a range of national security and defense scenarios. The patented technology is built on open source software architecture, which ensures that MESMER® can be seamlessly integrated into existing security and surveillance systems.

A MESMER® v1.5 system in a standard 19-inch 6 RU portable transit case.

The MESMER® v1.5 system has three key components:

  1. General purpose computer server running Linux OS. Multiple Ethernet ports are utilized for intra-system communication.
  2. Software Defined Radios (SDR). MESMER® utilizes commercially available SDRs for RF signal reception and generation. SDRs can generate arbitrary waveforms which are used for drone detection, identification, and mitigation.
  3. RF Front End. Provides signal conditioning on both receive and transmit channels, and 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 system can also be operated in auto-mitigation mode that does not require operator intervention 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®’s transmit power is less than 1 Watt. This is within the power limit set by the FCC. MESMER® can reach different effective distances, depending on the type of antennae being used.
  • MESMER® can be used as a standalone system. Or, MESMER® can be integrated into Command & Control (or 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 to suit a wide range of applications (such as fixed installations and mobile security). D13 understands the drone economy and your requirement for adaptable and reconfigurable equipment that can be regularly upgraded to manage new drone threats. With a MESMER® purchase, D13 offers software maintenance with software upgrades that are easily installed for one year, plus software renewal options. D13 also offers training and servicing options that support a turnkey solution.

Please reach out to us with your sales and/or leasing requirements.

Where did the name MESMER® come from?

One of the first questions we get here at Department 13 is how we came up with the name MESMER® for our counter autonomous system product. Most people assume that it is an acronym. Actually, MESMER® is the name of the German physician Franz Friedrich Anton Mesmer (1734 to 1815). Franz Mesmer became famous for his idea that all living creatures emitted an energy field (initially called ‘animal magnetism’ but later called ‘mesmerism’) that 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 our platform’s capabilities to perform protocol manipulation, we considered it analogous to hypnotism where we attempt to confuse or bend the targeted drone to our will. So, we decided to name it after the grandfather of hypnotism: Mesmer.