Drone Security Startup Changes Course During Pandemic

By Marc Vartabediant, June 12th, 2020  Read on wsj.com→
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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.

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About Fortem Technologies

Fortem Technologies is the leader in airspace awareness, security, and defense for detecting and defeating dangerous drones. Through an advanced, end to end system of distributed radar, AI at the Edge, deep sensor integration, and autonomous drone capture, Fortem monitors and defends the world’s venues, infrastructures, cities, and regions. The same system 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, DCVC, Mubadala Investment Company, Signia Venture Partners and others.

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