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Deutsche Telekom Goes Drone Hunting with Dedrone
European telco Deutsche Telekom AG is entering the drone defense market together with Dedrone, the market leader in anti-drone technology. 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 – from sales, project planning, and installation through management of the system. Project prices start at 30,000 Euro. In the coming weeks, Deutsche Telekom will install Dedrone technology at two of its own properties to secure them against drone intrusions.
The need is clear. Drone popularity continues to rise rapidly as they become ever cheaper and more powerful. Easy availability and large payloads conspire to increase the potential for dangerous drone misuse – everything from industrial espionage to drug and weapon smuggling to terrorist attacks. Such imminent threat demands comprehensive countermeasures. “Over the last few months, Deutsche Telekom has extensively evaluated and thoroughly tested equipment from the most important manufacturers of drone detection and defense systems. We are bundling the best of the technologies under the control of lead partner Dedrone for our Magenta Drone Protection Shield,” explains Dirk Backofen, soon-to-be head of Telekom Security.
Complete System for Drone Protection
DroneTracker, developed by Dedrone in Kassel, 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.
“Best Product on the Market”
“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.”
2017-03-27Germany Plans New Drone Regulations
On January 18 2017 the German government introduced a draft regulation to create sufficient regulations to deal with these risks by amending the existing fragmented provisions and establishing rules to liberalise the commercial use of drones.
2017-03-27NASA Includes Swedish UAV in BVLOS Testing
Swedish manufacturer SmartPlanes has announced that the SmartPlanes Freya UAV is included in the NASA UAS Traffic Management (UTM) R&D Technical Capability Level 3 (TCL 3) project, at the FAA-designated Nevada UAS test site. SmartPlanes is represented by its US distributor Carbon Autonomous.
2017-03-23Drone World Expo 2017 – Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for Drone World Expo 2017. From October 3-4, the 3rd annual Drone World Expo will once again gather thousands of thought leaders, end-users and decision makers in the commercial drone industry at the San Jose Convention Center.
2017-03-22South Korea to Train 1,700 Drone Operators Annually
South Korea is planning to train 1,700 drone operators a year to meet growing demand in the commercial drone industry, the transport ministry said on Tuesday.
2017-03-22$1M Prize for Bridge Inspection by Drones
AutoModality, whose technology allows drones to automatically conduct close-up inspections of bridges, buildings, power lines and other structures, has won the $1 million grand prize in the Genius NY business competition.
2017-03-21First BVLoS Power Line Inspection Flight in New Zealand
A Taranaki drone company has made history by flying an unmanned aircraft ”beyond line of sight” to inspect power transmission lines in the Rimutaka Ranges.
2017-03-21Leidos Pilots New Service for UAS
Leidos Flight Service has created an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) service that helps safeguard the airspace by sending automatic notifications of unmanned aircraft operations to relevant groups.
2017-03-20DARPA Awards Phase 2 Gremlins Program Contracts
DARPA recently completed Phase 1 of its Gremlins program, which envisions volleys of low-cost, reusable unmanned aerial systems (UASs)—or “gremlins”—that could be launched and later retrieved in mid-air. Taking the program to its next stage, the Agency has now awarded Phase 2 contracts to two teams, one led by Dynetics, Inc. (Huntsville, Ala.) and the other by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (San Diego, Calif.).
2017-03-20Amazon Patents Drones with Telescoping Landing Legs
A diagram shows how an Amazon drone could land on a sloping surface while keeping its main frame level, thanks to telescoping landing legs. (Amazon Illustration via USPTO)
2017-03-17US Air Force Buys Drone-Snagging Shotgun Shells
US Air Force security forces, as well as other military personnel and federal law enforcement agencies, may soon be getting a new tool to take down small commercial drones: shotgun shells with a net. The special cartridge is just one system the Pentagon has been looking at to manage the growing threat from small and readily available quad-and hex-copter-type unmanned aircraft.
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