BlackBerry has partnered with airspace security company Dedrone to deliver advanced counter-drone technology to secure the world’s most critical sites.
As part of this embedded technology partnership, Dedrone, is integrating BlackBerry AtHoc software into its products to enable real-time secure alerts when a malicious or unauthorized drone is detected in an airspace.
“When an unauthorized drone enters restricted airspace, time is of the essence. The more effectively the on-site personnel can respond, the better their chances of countering whatever the drone is there to do. BlackBerry AtHoc’s advanced alerting capabilities combined with Dedrone’s drone detection technology, enable our customers to react precisely and in time to control the situation,” said Aaditya Devarakonda, President and Chief Business Officer, Dedrone.
With the increasing use of drones, counter-drone technology has become more important and a must for places like airports and army bases to implement. There are various ways companies are approaching anti-drone technology, with some using handheld ‘guns’ which force the drone to use its return-to-home function, while others force the drone to land on the spot.
In some cases, the drone is destroyed by the system. A low-tech solution has also been in use which consists of another drone equipped with a net shooting the rogue drone causing it to become tangled in the n
The Dedrone technology portfolio combines machine-learning software with hardware sensors, electronic attack methods like smart jamming, and defeat weapons to provide early warning, classification of, and mitigation against drone threats.
Dedrone’s capabilities are used by hundreds of customers globally, including the U.S. military, allied and coalition forces, correctional facilities, airports, utilities, as well as other public and private organizations.
Dedrone’s counter-drone system is trusted by critical infrastructure, government operations, military assets, correctional facilities, and enterprises to protect against unwanted small drones (sUAS). With flexibility to host in the cloud or on-premise, Dedrone’s SaaS technology combines machine-learning software with best-in-class sensors and effectors, to provide early warning, classification of, and mitigation against all drone threats.
Working with the BlackBerry AtHoc API, Dedrone has integrated directly to BlackBerry AtHoc’s extensive and granular alerting functionality. This allows the creation of automated, highly targeted alerts based on a range of criteria, including flight zones, drone behavior, and user groups – for a more efficient, focused response to the presence of an unauthorized drone.
“New advanced technologies have the potential to solve some of today’s most pressing challenges, however, they also introduce new security risks,” said Christoph Erdmann, Senior Vice President of Secure Communications, BlackBerry.
“Drones are one of the many IoT endpoints that add to the growing chaos that security leaders must navigate. We’re excited to partner with Dedrone to offer a critical solution that organizations around the world can use to keep citizens and the public safe.”