AtHoc Software Enables Real-Time Secure Alerts for Unauthorized Drones in Sensitive Airspace

BlackBerry and drone detection company, Dedrone, have partnered to build an instant notification system for unauthorized drone activity in sensitive airspace.

Dedrone will be integrating BlackBerry® AtHoc software into its products to enable real-time secure alerts when an unauthorized drone is detected in an airspace. The AtHoc Crisis Communications System is a mass-notification platform designed for emergencies which is currently used by a variety of agencies, such as the US Military, Canadian government, airports, and private companies.

“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 at Dedrone.

Dedrone’s technology is made up of machine-learning software with hardware sensors, electronic attack methods, and defeat weapons to provide early warning, classification of, and mitigation against drone threats.

“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.”