Summer Time at the Ranch!
Delivering integrated technology solutions to the Public Safety and Military communities
Granite Defense & Technologies was founded in 2017 by Lisa and Tom Prentice to serve the Military and Public Safety Communities. Having had long careers in Corporate America in advanced information technology and operations management it was time to forge a new path. One that provided the gratification of serving those who serve us.
We were extraordinarily fortunate to be well aligned with a ranch facility outside of Austin Texas called Reveille Peak Ranch. The 1350-acre Ranch has provided Military and Public Safety operators a remote and austere place to train tactically for 15 years. Always at nominal or no expense to many of our States finest.
We realized very early on that our backgrounds and the Ranches’ natural and man-made resources would best suited to provide technology focused solutions to our Clients. We formalized our relationship with the Ranch, and it became our base of operation.
One day, during normal operations, a small fire accidentally started during a training FTX. It happened that there were some local firefighters on scene, and they had a drone. It was in that happy accident that we were introduced to Robotics, specifically sUAS and the role and challenges faced by the firefighting community. Clearly there was a need for advanced in the field practical training, the ability to test and compare drone platforms, communications technologies, power systems, and analytics software. All-in real-world scenarios often with blended support groups.
Guidance from some very strategic Robotics early adopters directed us towards the NIST and their Response Robots efforts. After much training, effort, and practice we were pleased that the Ranch was designated as a NIST partnering organization and GDT as test administrators.
Practical in the field training became our first initiative. We looked to the most respected and experienced Law Enforcement and Public Safety drone programs and built our programs to mirror their programs and leverage their experience. All while keeping the culture of low-cost high value deliverables that resonate with often budget strapped departments.
Today we are pleased to have a program that is based on the best of the best, delivered by the best of the best and available to all. Big budgets and small.
Next came Hardware and software solution development. Partnering with top brands as well as with emerging technologies manufacturers and listening carefully to our clients we have created a field based development and testing methodology that guarantees that every solution offered by GDT has been tested in the field as part of a capability set. Our clients deserve and outcome not a product.
Finally, we are committed to lifting the community by offering no cost quarterly gatherings at the Ranch to bring the community together and learn from each other.
After all it is all about TEAM……
1650 County Road 115
Burnet, Texas 78611