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D13 snares first Australian sale of Mesmer counter-drone solution Featured

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Counter drone technology company, Department 13, has sold its MESMER counter-drone solution to its first Australian customer.

The deal sees EPE, D13’s strategic partner in the Australasian region, purchase MESMER Version 1.0 on behalf of an end-customer as an initial order following a series of successful demonstrations with the customer.

The sale consists of hardware required to run the proprietary software, enabling the unnamed company to control the outcome of a drone engagement.

MESMER1.0 hardware and first year software licenses range from US$250,000 per unit — depending upon configuration and enhanced capabilities — with recurring annual licence fees.

EPE will provide training and ongoing sales support in Australia for its first client and future clients under a distribution agreement with D13.

D13 (ASX:D13) chief executive Jonathan Hunter says this is the first sales contract through EPE and, as recently announced, the company expects a number of additional contracts in the near future following successful demonstrations held over two weeks in March 2017 across Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Wellington.

According to Hunter, the demonstrations were well attended by various potential customers including state and federal police, defence forces, federal and state government agencies, major event organisers and large commercial property owners.

“This marks our first MESMER system sale in the Australian market following very successful demonstrations in Australia and New Zealand from which we expect to announce further sales in the near future,” Hunter said.

“EPE is one of several strategic partners globally and has been a supplier of leading edge security technology and solutions to the Australian Defence Forces, Federal and State Police over more than 15 years.

“Our pipeline of potential sales has grown significantly across both commercial and defence sectors as well as geographically across the globe, including Singapore, where successful demonstrations were recently held following requests by potential customers at the Milipol Asia-Pacific Homeland Security 2017 conference.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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