Dedrone lands Deutsche Telekom as customer and partner.
Dedrone, founded in 2014 and based in San Francisco lands deal with Deutsche Telekom. The German carrier Deutsche Telekom AG is entering the drone defense market together with Dedrone. Starting December 1st, the Magenta Security business unit of Deutsche Telekom will offer protection against unauthorized drones for data centers, stadiums, critical infrastructure facilities, and public authorities utilizing solutions developed by Dedrone.
Deutsche Telekom will provide all services is handling sales, project planning, and installation through management of the system. Project prices start at 30,000 Euro (~$30,000 USD).
In the coming weeks, Deutsche Telekom will install Dedrone technology at two of its own properties to secure them against drone intrusions.
"Cooperation with Deutsche Telekom is an important step for us," says Dedrone COO Dr. Ingo Seebach. "The fact that we have been selected from a large number of well-known manufacturers shows not only that we are leading the way with our technology, but also that we have what it takes to earn a business relationship with such a large, highly respected company. That gives us tremendous leverage from a sales perspective. We are convinced that data centers in particular, as well as major event venues and industrial enterprises, must prioritize protecting themselves from drones. Together with Telekom, we are delivering the best product on the market."
The Dedrone DroneTracker is built and designed in Dedrone's German facilities in Kassel. DroneTrack is the key system that detects drones automatically by means of various sensors, such as video cameras, radio frequency scanners, and microphones and repels them if necessary.
At its core is smart software that is able to distinguish drones from birds, helicopters, and other flying objects safely, and even to recognize specific drone models.
DroneTracker is a modular system that can be integrated into customers‘ existing security systems. Open interfaces can be used to connect sensors from other manufacturers, including radar from Airbus or Robin Radar, Rohde & Schwarz radio frequency scanners, and Squarehead Technology microphone arrays. This flexibility allows design of optimal coverage for different areas and buildings.
As soon as DroneTracker detects a drone, it alerts security forces. They can immediately take protective measures and, for example, bring people to safety, seize drones or dropped objects, or block views of sensitive information. Where laws and regulations permit, jamming transmitters such as those from HP Wüst can be used to bring down the drone.