WWT Targets Drone Threats with Dedrone Partnership


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World Wide Technology (WWT) has partnered with an out-of-the-ordinary company.

Dedrone, which just signed an alliance with the systems integrator, helps businesses combat threats from drones. WWT will integrate Dedrone’s technology into other security solutions and showcase it at WWT’s Advanced Technology Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

“We are excited to bring Dedrone into the ecosystem of partner technology solutions that we are educating our partners on and helping them determine if there’s a fit in their organization,” said Sara Goellner, WWT’s director of executive and strategic initiatives.

Dedrone launched in 2014 reportedly after a drone nearly crashed into German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Its platform detects the presence of drones and defend against them.

“Because drone technologyhas advanced so much in the past few years, in the wrong hands a drone can really cause some serious damage or harm [for] someone that has malicious intent,” said Pablo Estrada, Dedrone’s vice president of marketing.

Dedrone’s product typically defends against corporate espionage and hacking. One of its customers is an automotive design firm that can’t afford to let hostile drones fly overhead its testing facility.

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“With a drone, someone can easily just park a half mile away, fly a drone over the fence and then photograph the latest prototype model that’s being developed by a certain manufacturer,” Estrada said.

Estrada says another example is from a service provider that found a drone perched on the roof of one of its data centers. The drone was equipped with a raspberry pi (a single-board computer that can be used for hacking), networking equipment and a radio transceiver.

“They realized that they had no idea how long the drone had been there, where it had come from, what it was trying to do and why it had this networking equipment on it. That’s when they realized that it was something they needed to protect against.”

Dedrone includes an example that might dismay prison operators.

Below is an example of its tracking platform.

WWT says getting the chance to work with Dedrone will give customers access to more sophisticated security programs. Goellner says WWT brings to the table a large number of customers and the ability to deploy, scale and integrate.

“The most exciting thing about the partnership is the combination of Dedrone’s innovative, cutting-edge technology and World Wide’s integration and global capabilities,” she said.

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