Counter UAV firm Dedrone® and BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB), a leader in secure communications, have announced a partnership that will enable stakeholders to receive real-time, secure alerts when an unauthorized drone is detected in the 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.
Counter UAV technology is a major market in the drone industry. As drones proliferate for legitimate commercial operations, sensitive areas are rushing to protect their airspace from malicious drones. Dedrone has an impressive portfolio of global customers which includes the U.S. military, allied and coalition forces, correctional facilities, airports, and utilities.
Dedrone combines software and hardware to detect, identify, and mitigate unauthorized drones in the airspace. Now, says Dedrone: “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.”