Timothy Bean, CEO
“The commercial drone landscape is growing faster than anyone anticipated; it’s expected to triple in size by the year 2023,” begins Timothy Bean, the CEO of Fortem Technologies. With over 25 years of experience in building businesses based on disruptive technology and ideas, Bean is well-positioned to talk about the rapid growth of the commercial drone industry. According to him, as the drone industry experiences a massive boom, the instances of illegal drone-usage by people with evil intentions are also on the rise, resulting in a need for better security across institutions. To cater to this security need, Fortem Technologies, headed by Bean, offers a military-tested, commercially available platform that can detect, classify, and provide security against drones, UAVs, and other aircraft. Fortem Technologies’ AI-enabled airspace safety and security solution is gaining special significance in the energy sector, equipping oil and gas facilities with the most modern and futuristic perimeter safety and airspace defense. From upstream components and process units to the downstream components and product storage, Fortem Technologies’ solution is well-equipped to protect all the open spaces in a refinery.
Fortem TrueView radar, Fortem SkyDome, and Fortem DroneHunter are the three products that comprise the company’s solutions across industries. In the energy sector, these products have turned out to be extremely beneficial as they can detect and measure the intentions of drones in real-time. According to Fortem Technologies, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) has found that there were 1,480 terrorist incidents against oil and gas facilities between 2011 and 2016, worldwide. It means that the attacks have increased by 387 percent in the last twenty years. In an attempt to address this challenge, Fortem Technologies has developed TrueView radar that enables detection of all activity within the protected airspace. This radar technology sends an early warning to refinery security personnel about any intrusions in the air traffic.
Fortem Technologies’ AI-enabled airspace safety and security solution is gaining special significance in the energy sector, equipping oil and gas facilities with the most modern and futuristic perimeter safety and airspace defense
Fortem SkyDome comes with similar provisions, but it’s a SaaS platform that not only alerts of an intrusion in the real-time but also provides predictive analytics for making data-driven decisions. Amid the increasing availability and usage of RF-silent drones, SkyDome is an appropriate solution as it can function in all weather conditions, night and day, and can detect the RF-silent drones by leveraging AI and advanced radar. Fortem’s latest product, Fortem DroneHunter, is a counter-unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that uses the TrueView Radar, machine learning algorithms, and proprietary guidance systems to autonomously fly toward any intrusive drones and monitor its activities via video streaming. In fact, it is the world’s first counter-drone system that can operate beyond line of sight (BLOS), using radar to protect a perimeter throughout the day.
Founded in 2016, Fortem Technologies has been making progress at a commendable pace. Recently, the company has launched SkyDome v. 2.4, a new addition to the SkyDome product base, and F700 Patriot, a new drone enhancing the DroneHunter product line. Thriving on five values—customer satisfaction, teamwork, flexibility, giving back, and integrity— Fortem Technologies’ focus lies on keeping people and manned-aircraft safe from the uncooperative and criminal drones. Particularly in the energy sector in the US, where, according to the Department of Energy, the threats of a terror attack is rising with the increased availability of small UAS, Fortem Technologies’ robust, comprehensive airspace security works as a strong shield of protection.
After its recent original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Fortem Technologies has become the industry-first deliverer of a custom package of drone solutions that would integrate with any drone platform while protecting against any ground and airborne threats. According to Bean, this collaboration would further ensure people’s peace of mind in vulnerable locations, as now they would better understand if a threat is an intended one or accidental.