Next Investors logo grey

Drone security continues international market expansion

Published 20-JUL-2016 15:30 P.M.


3 minute read

Hey! Looks like you have stumbled on the section of our website where we have archived articles from our old business model.

In 2019 the original founding team returned to run Next Investors, we changed our business model to only write about stocks we carefully research and are invested in for the long term.

The below articles were written under our previous business model. We have kept these articles online here for your reference.

Our new mission is to build a high performing ASX micro cap investment portfolio and share our research, analysis and investment strategy with our readers.

Click Here to View Latest Articles

First there were drones sales — and then came the inevitable drone-security market.

Used by the military and security agencies for several years, the technology enabling mass distribution and consumption is now reliable enough for entry-level drones to retail for as a little as A$300. On the opposite side of the market, military-grade drones are also available for as much as A$10,000 — with a lot more perks, bells and whistles understandably thrown in.

Drones are definitely raising smiles at Christmas and serving as great birthday gifts for innocent civilians, but unfortunately there is a darker side. Criminals from all walks of crime are surreptitiously taking advantage of poor drone security and using drones to accelerate their criminal activities, given the remote control and anonymity features drones inherently provide.

Department 13 (ASX:D13) is a security company that is wholeheartedly focused on improving drone security, de-empowering criminals who use drones and providing peace of mind for anyone that is worried about drones invading their personal space or territorial boundaries.

D13 has signed several international distribution and partnership deals since listing on the ASX in 2012. In its latest move, D13 has appointed Phoenix Group as its Latin American Distributor for MESMER, its flagship counter UAV technology.

Remember D13 is still an early stage company. If you are considering investing in this stock, seek professional financial advice.

The Phoenix Group is a security company that provides world class security to transportation companies. This includes the prevention of piracy, stowaways, terrorism, narcotics smuggling and other unique services.

Given the current focus on mass illegal migration globally, D13 and Phoenix Group hope to improve detection methods, increase border coverage and ultimately reduce the impact of criminal activity on society.

“In our work ensuring ship and seaport security, as well of numerous supply chains in Latin America, we operate on the front lines of the flow of international commerce. Possible utilisation of drones, as a conveyance or surveillance platform, by these criminal or hostile groups to target ships, cargoes, or seaports, pose a very real threat to legitimate commerce and the many billions of dollars in assets of the transportation sector. We view MESMER as the only solution that can detect, identify and mitigate hostile drone threats and enhance the security of legitimate maritime commerce,” said Michael McNicholas, Managing Director of Phoenix Group.

Mr. McNicholas penned a book in 2007 titled, ‘Maritime Security’ and liases with NATO on various security issues in Latin America and the US.

Next Investors Image

Jonathan Hunter, CEO of Department 13 said that “the Latin American market is a natural landing point for MESMER. Not only are the threats in these markets significant, but the ability for threat actors to disrupt global trade through drones is daunting. Phoenix Group is a global authority in port security and risk management and is a welcomed addition to Department 13’s growing list of mission focused partners.”

Next Investors Image

More about Department 13 (ASX:D13)

Department 13’s flagship product MESMER provides a complete C-UAS solution that includes integrated detection, alerting and mitigation capability for perimeter security and force protection.

Department 13 is competing in the MITRE CUAS Challenge at Marine Corps Base Quantico in August and Blackdart the DoD’s premier Counter UAS Test Range at Eglin AFB, Florida this September.

General Information Only

S3 Consortium Pty Ltd (S3, ‘we’, ‘us’, ‘our’) (CAR No. 433913) is a corporate authorised representative of LeMessurier Securities Pty Ltd (AFSL No. 296877). The information contained in this article is general information and is for informational purposes only. Any advice is general advice only. Any advice contained in this article does not constitute personal advice and S3 has not taken into consideration your personal objectives, financial situation or needs. Please seek your own independent professional advice before making any financial investment decision. Those persons acting upon information contained in this article do so entirely at their own risk.

Conflicts of Interest Notice

S3 and its associated entities may hold investments in companies featured in its articles, including through being paid in the securities of the companies we provide commentary on. We disclose the securities held in relation to a particular company that we provide commentary on. Refer to our Disclosure Policy for information on our self-imposed trading blackouts, hold conditions and de-risking (sell conditions) which seek to mitigate against any potential conflicts of interest.

Publication Notice and Disclaimer

The information contained in this article is current as at the publication date. At the time of publishing, the information contained in this article is based on sources which are available in the public domain that we consider to be reliable, and our own analysis of those sources. The views of the author may not reflect the views of the AFSL holder. Any decision by you to purchase securities in the companies featured in this article should be done so after you have sought your own independent professional advice regarding this information and made your own inquiries as to the validity of any information in this article.

Any forward-looking statements contained in this article are not guarantees or predictions of future performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond our control, and which may cause actual results or performance of companies featured to differ materially from those expressed in the statements contained in this article. S3 cannot and does not give any assurance that the results or performance expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements contained in this article will actually occur and readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

This article may include references to our past investing performance. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of our future investing performance.