AT&T, Dedrone Work on Solution to Track Unauthorized Drones


AT&T and Dedrone, a San Francisco-based drone detection technology start-up, are teaming up on a solution designed to help protect facilities from unauthorized drone operations.

The airspace security platform uses Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and LTE connectivity to detect, classify, mitigate and localize drone-based threats.

“Physical security and cybersecurity are equally important when safeguarding an entire ecosystem,” says Michael Zeto, vice president and general manager of the AT&T Smart Cities program. “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. AT&T is the sole LTE connectivity provider for Dedrone’s drone detection solution.

The software-centric platform identifies approaching drones by means of radio frequency and visual, radar and other sensor data. Analysis of the data then classifies approaching drones, finds their locations and then triggers alarms to alert security staff.

“AT&T provides a reliable platform for Dedrone customers to connect our technology to their security ecosystem and use Dedrone analytics to understand their lower airspace activity,” says Joerg Lamprecht, CEO and co-founder of Dedrone. “Working with AT&T helps ensure that Dedrone technology is integrated into smart cities to prevent drone intrusions.”

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