Dedrone expands executive leadership with Balaji Tamirisa and Daniel Anixt as part of rapid growth
Dedrone, the market leader in smart airspace security, today announced the appointment of Balaji Tamirisa as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Daniel Anixt as General Counsel. In his new role, Tamirisa will oversee the continued expansion of Dedrone’s suite of technologies, working to ensure Dedrone remains the number one solution for airspace security in the world. The company is leveraging its recent funding round to expand Tamirisa’s team, hiring several key positions including both software and hardware RF engineers.
Daniel Anixt will manage all legal matters for Dedrone, including government and corporate affairs. Dedrone is undergoing a period of rapid growth as airspace security becomes critical amid the growing drone economy, predicted to reach 9.6 million in global consumer shipments alone by 2023. The company offers best-in-class detection, identification, tracking and mitigation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) from over 65 commercial manufacturers and handcrafted drones.
“Dedrone has experienced phenomenal growth and expansion over the last year, including doubling our team here in the US in the next few months. As we scale our solution offerings, the depth of engineering experience that Balaji brings to the team is unparalleled—everything from full-stack software for millions of mobile phones around the world, to baseband radio frequency solutions that continue to make up the backbone of global cellular connectivity, and millions of sensor meters pushing a myriad of datasets to the cloud” said Aaditya (AD) Devarakonda, CEO of Dedrone. “Balaji’s deep knowledge in each of these areas applied to the problem of drone detection and mitigation in urban and contested environments promises to take our product capability to the next level of sophistication and maintain the market leadership that our customers deserve, as this space matures. We are absolutely delighted to have him on our team.”
Tamirisa has spent over two decades in engineering, program management, and telecommunications. He most recently served as the VP, R&D at Itron, where he helped to grow the business significantly by launching new products and software for industrial IoT devices. He also spearheaded an overhaul in design, development, and testing cycles to ensure customer commitments were met. Previously, he held positions at Synaptics as its Director of Software Engineering; Freescale Semiconductor as the Director, Wireless Access Division; and Coherent Logix as its Principal Architect.
“Drone detection is a complex problem with an even more complex solution, given the sheer variety of drones out there and the ever-escalating security needs of governments, major companies, airports, and more. I am excited and honored to be joining the global leader in this rapidly growing space,” said Tamirisa. “With drone usage only increasing, I am excited to oversee future improvements and expansion of Dedrone’s technology and work closely with the industry and the rest of the Dedrone team.”
Anixt has spent nearly 20 years providing legal counsel and issue management across the telecommunications and logistics industries. Most recently, he served as the Associate General Counsel and then Deputy General Counsel for China Telecom Americas (CTA), overseeing a team that handled CTA’s transactions, regulatory matters, and commercial disputes throughout the U.S., Canada, and Central and South America. He has also held positions that include Assistant General Counsel at Verizon; US Legal Counsel, Vice President Mitel US Holdings, and Corporate Secretary at Mitel; and General Counsel for Right Sourcing Solutions Ltd.
“Daniel, meanwhile, has the broad international legal experience that Dedrone needs as institutions continue to realize how crucial airspace security is for safety in airports, live events and critical infrastructure,” continued Devarakonda. “His extensive understanding of critical contract negotiations with governments and commercial entities will ensure that Dedrone continues to effectively grow alongside the drone economy.”
Dedrone is the most prolific drone security company in the world, working across 35 countries including four of the G7 nations. Dedrone solutions are in use in over 30 government agencies, including the US Department of Defense and eight other US federal agencies, more than 70 critical infrastructure sites, 50 correctional facilities and 20 international airports.
“AD and the team have built a company that governments and other major entities trust, and I’m looking forward to continuing the important work of ensuring that trust continues as Dedrone provides these vital services,” said Anixt. “I am honored by the opportunity to join the team and further its leadership in this space.”
The company recently launched its first portable detection unit, DedroneRapidResponse. Deployable in under 30 minutes and ideal for law enforcement, DedroneRapidReponse offers an easy to deploy, mobile solution that provides up to 5km of detection through a multi-layered solution. DedroneRapidResponse towers also easily network together to deliver optimal drone security for large public safety events.