AT&T, the American telecom company, has teamed up with Dedrone on an IoT solution which detects against unauthorised drone flights.
Dedrone, the drone detection technology start-up, runs the IoT solution which can protect military bases, venues, cities and businesses from UAVs posing a threat.
The airspace security platform uses Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and LTE connectivity to detect, classify, mitigate, and localize drone-based threats.
The software-centric platform identifies approaching drones by means of radio frequency, visual, radar, and other sensor data. Analysis of sensor data then reliably classifies approaching drones and finds their locations.
The moves comes as the global use of drones becomes more prominent. According to the FAA, around 3 million people bought drones in 2017 across the world, something Dedrone thinks is a trend that creates a new threat.
Michael Zeto, vice president of Smart Cities, AT&T, said: “Physical security and cybersecurity are equally important when safeguarding an entire ecosystem. Malicious drones pose an aerial threat for the community, for businesses and for the people that live and work there. With Dedrone, we’re helping to protect customers and citizens from this type of risk.”
Since 2014, Dedrone has been working with correctional facilities, public utilities, and other organizations to help protect their lower airspace from drone incursions.