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About DeTect, Inc.

DeTect specializes in advanced radar and other sensor technologies. The company is the leader in bird radar technologies for real-time aircraft bird strike avoidance, wind energy bird mortality risk assessment and mitigation, and industrial bird control with over 180 of its MERLIN bird radars operating in the US, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. The unique radar signal 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 wind farm 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 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, with the DroneWatcher Drone Surveillance Radar (DSR), DroneWatcher APP and RF provide the highest level of multi-layer comprehensive, multi-layer drone defense available.


Product applications

  • Aviation bird-aircraft strike risk assessment & advisories
  • Airspace & marine security & surveillance
  • Aircraft & ultralight intrusion detection
  • Border surveillance & security
  • Radar coverage gap filler
  • Ground based sense-and-avoid
  • Automatic obstruction lighting activation
  • Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) support radars
  • Drone & small UAV intrusion detection & defense
  • Bird & bat survey & risk mitigation
  • Industrial bird control & protection
  • Virtual air traffic control
  • Radar data products & networks


DeTect'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.

Company 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 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 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.

DeTect 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 since 2003. The US Air Force has purchased twelve MERLIN systems to date based on a documented record of improved aircrew safety, reduced aircraft-birdstrike damage and increased mission readiness. NASA in 2006, 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 through the end of the program in 2011 with 100% system uptime.

With DeTect, customers are getting more than a radar system - as a fully integrated company DeTect provides comprehensive application support with each system that includes project design, turn-key delivery, 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 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.



The new European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, coming into force on May 25, 2018. GDPR sets new standards and compliance requirements for every company that holds or processes personal data. It replaces the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive (European Directive 95/46/EC), strengthening the rights that EU individuals have over their data.

DeTect, Inc. (DeTect), a US based company, having its registered office at 1022 West 23rd Street and DeTect Global Ltd, a UK registered company, having its registered office at Afon House, Worthing Road, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1TL England, henceforth jointly referred to as “DeTect”, and its product and service offerings are committed to high standards of information security, data privacy, and transparency, and to managing data in accordance with US and International legislation and regulation, including but not limited to GDPR. DeTect attests that it will comply with applicable GDPR regulations in conjunction with delivery of its products and services to our customers.

DeTect attests that the customers of its products and services remain the sole owner of the data, retaining the rights, title, and interest in the any data stored by DeTect and matters related to deletion, rectification, transfer of, access to, and objection to processing of personal data. DeTect protects data from inappropriate access or use and provides customers with the ability to specify who has access to what data. DeTect officially states that it will achieve GDPRcompliance for itself and its products and services.

DeTect attests it will provide prompt response to any privacy-related issue or request or notification or question our customers may have. Furthermore DeTect attests that: all DeTect staff are familiar with GDPR and their personal responsibilities and are adequately trained upon induction and annually (or sooner if there is a major legislation change); the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service for its services are accurate, written in plain language and provide sufficient detail on what information is selected, how it is used and what is and is not acceptable use of the service; processing is lawful, fair and transparent; Data is collected for a specific purpose and the data is necessary for the purpose, can be kept accurate by means of the service features and not kept for longer than necessary; Data and infrastructure are kept secure; and, DeTect has a notification process in case of any breach.

The DeTect Data Protection Officer (DPO) for DeTect can be reached at privacy (at) detect-inc (dot) com.