Drone airspace security startup WhitetFox raises additional $12M to protect and mitigate threats against drones
WhiteFox Defense Technologies, a tech startup that develops and provides drone threat mitigation device, has raised additional $12 million to fuel product expansion. With a total of $26M raised, the startup is well positioned for expansion in support of its rapidly growing product portfolio. WhiteFox’s mission is to keep the sky open for responsible pilots by creating solutions that advance drone technology for a better world.
Founded in 2016 by Luke Fox, the San Luis Obispo, California-based company develops and provides drone threat mitigation device the DroneFox. It offers two systems DroneFox Tactical, a portal mobile device which responds to drone threats based on operator feedback or automatically based on preset conditions; DroneFox Fortify, a fixed device which integrates and provides continues automatic protection of vulnerable facilities and critical infrastructure.
WhiteFox Defense’s device detects small and modified drones in airspace, analyses target drones based on variables including its model, location, and flight pattern, and reroutes. Additionally, its clientele include critical infrastructure protection, homeland security, public safety, and defense. WhiteFox also pioneers the safe integration of drones into society and offering worldwide airspace management solutions. The company has a customer list both in the U.S. and abroad that includes prisons, power generation, and defense.
Commenting on the funding, Luke Fox, Founder and CEO of WhiteFox, said, “We’re proud to have developed industry-leading technology in drone defense and airspace management and are committed to growing our global presence and continuing to build a diverse customer base. In addition to enhancing existing product lines, we will expand mitigation capabilities, further architecting an ecosystem for safe and beneficial drone operation and protecting against irresponsible or malicious misuse that might threaten the bright future of UAVs.”
“Growing demand for our products is leading us to increase our manufacturing capabilities and continue to build out our executive management team,” WhiteFox President Mark Kula said.
Steve Beck of Serra Ventures added, “We’ve backed WhiteFox because not only is DroneFox a leading product in drone defense, but they’re also crafting a comprehensive drone defense management system. WhiteFox’s WISDM platform offers a real, near-term path to the commercialization of drones.”