Shutdowns force Fortem to halt commercial expansion and double down on government work.
This was supposed to be the year Fortem Technologies Inc.’s malicious-drone-hunting machines hit the commercial mainstream. The company aimed to increase its protection of stadiums, movie studios, amusement parks and other venues with systems similar to what they provide to the military. But the global coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns quickly derailed that plan.
“Covid-19 was a sucker punch,” said Fortem Chief Executive Timothy Bean, whose company’s drones chase down and capture rogue drones. “Customers were distracted and budgets froze.”
Like other startups, Fortem was forced to adapt.
About Fortem Technologies
Fortem Technologies is the leader in airspace awareness, security and defense. Through an advanced ecosystem of distributed radar, AI at the Edge, deep sensor integration, and autonomous drone capture, Fortem monitors, protects and defends the world’s venues, infrastructures, cities and regions from dangerous or malicious drone threats. The same ecosystem is accelerating the safety of the world’s airspace for urban air mobility. Based in Pleasant Grove, Utah, the company is privately held and backed by Boeing, Signia Venture Partners, DCVC, Mubadala Investment Company and others.