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DeTect, Inc. specializes in applied, intelligent radar and related remote sensing technologies and systems for aviation safety, security and surveillance, drone defense, environmental protection, and renewable energy with over 280 radar systems installed and operating to date worldwide.

DeTect Sensor Technologies:

wind profiler radar installation  at the Bangkok airport in Thailand
DeTect is a fully integrated radar company headquartered in Panama City, Florida, USA with a company-owned engineering and manufacturing facility in Florida and offices in Arlington, Virginia (Washington, D.C. area) and London, England. The company also has sales and technical support staff based throughout the US, Canada and Europe and representative offices in over 80 countries to support its customers and installations worldwide.

DeTect continues to advance radar and specialized sensor technologies. The company is the world leader in advanced bird radar technologies for real-time aircraft birdstrike avoidance, wind energy bird mortality risk assessment and mitigation, and industrial bird control with over 140 of its MERLIN bird radars operating in the US, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. The radar processing technology in MERLIN, developed specifically for reliable detection and tracking of small, non-cooperative, low radar-cross section, non-linearly moving targets, is also used in DeTect's HARRIER Security and Surveillance Radar making it one of the most sensitive, low cost radar systems on the market today for airspace and marine security applications including drone and UAV detection and defense, Ground Based Sense-and-Avoid (GBSAA) and virtual air traffic control. In 2012, DeTect also deployed the first radar-activated windfarm turbine obstruction lighting system in the US - a HARRIER Aircraft Detection Lighting System (ADLS) - that provides automated activation of wind turbine obstruction lights when aircraft are detected within a specified distance of the wind farm. In 2016, DeTect has expanded its drone surveillance capabilities with the launch of its DroneWatcher system that includes an Android application, DroneWatcher APP, that makes a smartphone or tablet into a short range drone detector. DroneWatcher also includes an advanced radiofrequency (RF) sensor, DroneWatcher RF, for longer range detection, tracking, identification and interdiction of drones and small UAVs. Combined, the HARRIER Drone Surveillance Radar and DroneWatcher APP and RF provide the highest level of multi-layer comprehensive, multi-layer drone defense available.

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MERLIN Aircraft Birdstrike Avoidance Radar Bagram Airbase AfghanistanDeTect's professional staff resources include experienced engineers, scientists, aviation safety specialists, meteorologists and technicians that are experts in remote sensing, radar engineering, system integration, security, operation and environmental management. Specialized expertise includes BASH (Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard) and wind energy avian risk assessment and management with unique application support from leading radar engineers, software developers, ornithologists, biologists and scientists that provide DeTect clients with the most experienced team of experts in remote sensing of birds and bats in the world.

DeTect Colorado electronics manufacturing facilityCompany facilities include over 20,000 square feet of office, laboratory and manufacturing space in Florida to support design, development, assembly, testing and support of advanced radar systems. Research resources include radar airport test sites for systems, components and software development, testing and calibration. DeTect radar systems are built to industrial and military (MILSPEC), European Union (EU CE Mark) and other international standards and incorporate commercial-off-the shelf (COTS) components where possible in order to provide our customers with high performance, competitive cost of acquisition, low O&M, and ongoing technology insertion and upgrade opportunities over the life of the system.


HARRIER Air Surveillance Radar used by Boeing Insitu Group for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle airspace sense-and-avoid supportDeTect radar systems are in use at facilities and projects worldwide with a proven record of exceptional performance, reliability and operability and over five million hours of successful operating experience on systems operating since 2003. The US Air Force has purchased seven MERLIN systems to date based on a documented record of improved aircrew safety, reducing aircraft-birdstrike damage and increasing mission readiness. NASA, after evaluation and on-site testing of various bird radar technologies, selected DeTect's MERLIN system to support space launch safety for the $2 billion space shuttle for 22 launches from 2006 to the end of the program in 2011 with 100% system uptime.

DeTect's radar application experts provide full system integration and operation support for its radar productsWith DeTect, customers are getting more than a radar system - as a fully integrated company DeTect provides comprehensive application support with each system that includes full concept-of-operations (CONOPS) development, human factors design, system operational integration, site-specific operation user training and long-term 24-7 support. Each system is supported by DeTect's team of application specialists who have extensive backgrounds and experience in radar systems design, manufacture, siting and, most importantly, integration and use of the technology in the real-world environment with effective user interfaces to meet each customer's specific business operational requirement.



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March 20-22, 2017- AWEA Siting & Compliance Conference 2017, Austin, Texas USA - exhibit of MERLIN Avian Radar Systems and HARRIER ADLS technologies for wind energy projects (conference website)

April 3-4, 2017 - FOD & Habitat Management, London, England - exhibit of MERLIN Aircraft Birdstrike Avoidance Radar technologies for aircraft-bird strike prevention (conference website)

ISC West Las Vegas, Nevada USA - exhibit and demonstration of DeTect security and surveillance technologies including DroneWatcher drone detection and defense solutions, and HARRIER Ground-based Sense-and-Avoid radars for UAV and drone operations support (conference website)

April 11-13, 2017 - Border Security Expo, San Antonio, Texas USA - exhibit and demonstration of DeTect security and surveillance technologies including DroneWatcher drone detection and defense solution; HARRIER Ground-based Sense-and-Avoid radars for UAV and drone operations support; and HARRIER air and marine surveillance systems for border and coastal shoreline protection (conference website)

April 25-26, 2017 - 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security, Boston, Massachusetts USA - DeTect paper and presentation on 'Sensor Technologies for Overcoming the Security Risks of Unmanned Systems' by T Adam Kelly, Chief Technology Officer, DeTect, Inc. (conference website)

May 3-4, 2017 - Security & Counter Terror Expo London, England - exhibit and demonstration of DeTect security and surveillance technologies including DroneWatcher drone detection and defense solution; HARRIER Ground-based Sense-and-Avoid radars for UAV and drone operations support; and HARRIER air and marine surveillance systems for border and coastal shoreline protection (conference website)


DeTect's Avian Hazard Advisory System (AHAS_ developed for the US Air Force

Avian Hazard Advisory System - Developed and operated by DeTect for the US Air Force, AHAS automatically processes radar data from the US NEXRAD national radar sensor network and provides real-time bird-aircraft strike risk assessments for all US military training routes, ranges for the continental US, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and Korea. This system has reduced USAF bird-aircraft strikes by over 50% since start-up while increasing airspace utilization (see for more information and operational demonstration).


January 14, 2017 - Babcock Mission Critical Services Espana Orders HARRIER GBSAA System - DeTect will supply a mobile HARRIER S200d ground-based sense-and-avoid radar to support commercial UAV operations.

November 17, 2016 - DeTect to install Drone & Bird Detection System at Northwest Florida Beaches Airport - DeTect will be installing a dual-function DroneWatcher drone detection and defense system and MERLIN Aircraft Birdstrike A voidance Radar at the Panama City Florida airport (ECP) (See news story)

September 30, 2016 - US Air Force Awards DeTect AHAS-BAM contract - The USAF today awarded DeTect a five year, $4.5 million contract to operate, develop and manage the Air Force's US national birdstrike risk advisory and alerting system - Avian Hazard Advisory System (AHAS) and the USAF Bird Avoidance Model (BAM). The contract also includes maintenance and acquisition of Bird Detection Radar (BDR) systems.

September 9, 2016 - News Release: 'Sully' Miracle on the Hudson Bird Strike - With the release today of the movie 'Sully' recounting the 2009 'Miracle on the Hudson' bird-aircraft strike that caused the crash of US Airways flight 1549, bird related risk to commercial aircraft is back in the news. Eight years later no US airport uses avian radar in the air traffic control tower to issue birdstrike warning though airports in Europe, Asia and Africa have installed and use the technology. DeTect's MERLIN system remains the only birdstrike radar being used operationally by air traffic control to issue real-time birdstrike risk advisories with systems operating at commercial airports and military airfields worldwide (read full news release).

August 30, 2016 - DeTect Announces Partnership with SGS Canada for Product Sales and Support - DeTect today announced that it has entered into a sales and support agreement with SGS Canada for its MERLIN, HARRIER and DroneWatcher products. SGS is a global services and technology leader with 42 offices in Canada. SGS has been supporting DeTect's MERLIN Bird Control Radar Systems in the Canadian Oil Sands for the past 5 years and the partnership will provide DeTect's customers with an expanded level of service and support.

August 26, 2016 - Brussels Airport Installs MERLIN Aircraft Birdstrike Avoidance Radar System - The Brussels Airport (BRU) today started a two week test of DeTect's MERLIN system to monitor and map the behavior of birds 24 hours a day and to evaluate use of the technology for an operational installation for bird-aircraft strike alerting. The will provide preliminary insight into the behavior of birds on the airport. The airport operator is taking several preventive minimize birdstrike risk that includes the MERLIN study. (full article on-line)

August 16, 2016 - USFWS Study Uses MERLIN Avian Radar Systems to Develop Wind Farm Risk Data for Great Lakes Region - The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released a report on its multi-year survey of the Great Lakes region using two MERLIN Avian Radar Systems. The radar study found that migrating birds concentrate along the shorelines to refuel and rest before crossing the lakes and provides recommended setbacks that apply to both the US and Canadian sides of the lakes under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The study also notes that technologies such as DeTect's MERLIN SCADA-M can be used to mitigate mortality risk. (read full article)

July 18, 2016 - NBC TV Affiliate WJHG News Story on DroneWatcher APP - The local Panama City NBC affiliate WJHG discusses DeTect's DroneWatcher APP and how it could be used to reduce drone collision risk to helicopters and other low flying aircraft (on-line video).

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