The Airport Operator

D-Fend Solutions, the AOA’s newest Gold Member, is currently a leading provider of innovative counter-drone defences to airports around the world – but it all started in a prison cell in Mexico.

Five years ago, the company’s Israeli co-founder and CEO, Zohar Halachmi, was on a business trip to Mexico, in an unrelated industry, when a prison official he was pitching to threw open a door to reveal a room full of drones, explaining that they had been used for drug smuggling into the prison.

Halachmi told The Airport Operator that the visit had inspired him to investigate the fast growth in the use of drones worldwide across business sectors. Eventually, he concluded that there was a significant gap in the market for drone-defence technology that would enable airports to identify

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