World Wide Technology is adding airspace security to its portfolio through a new alliance with Dedrone, a company that develops drone detection technology.
WWT, a technology solution provider and integrator based in St. Louis, said it will provide Dedrone's product to bolster customers' physical and cybersecurity initiatives. In addition, WWT will include Dedrone's drone detection platform in its Advanced Technology Center, a technology design and demonstration facility.
Dedrone's DroneTracker platform detects an approaching drone through an RF sensor and other means, classifies the type of drone via pattern recognition technology and issues an alert. Pablo Estrada, vice president of marketing at Dedrone, said market segments in which WWT could deploy Dedrone's drone detection technology include data center protection, physical security, event security and intellectual property protection.
"WWT has a natural fit in all of those," he said.
Estrada said one of Dedrone's customers, a data center service provider, found a disabled drone on the roof of one of its facilities during a routine physical inspection. He said the drone was found to be carrying a Raspberry Pi computer and a radio transceiver.
Drones can be used to fly around buildings and facilities to find unencrypted Wi-Fi connections, unpatched Bluetooth devices, smartphone hotspots and other weak points, Estrada said.
Dedrone partners with other resellers and systems integrators in the drone detection technology space, but Estrada said his company expects to works particularly closely with WWT. The companies have a number of mutual customers, he noted. The companies also share a connection in John Chambers, executive chairman and former CEO at Cisco. Chambers is one of Dedrone's investors. WWT has been partnering with Cisco since 1994 and ranks among the networking vendor's largest channel partners.
Chambers encouraged the drone detection technology provider to develop a relationship with WWT, Estrada said.
In late 2017, Dedrone launched a software upgrade, DroneTracker 3, which includes automated summary reporting, the ability to integrate more readily with existing security programs and features that make the drone detection technology faster to deploy.
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Additional reporting by Spencer Smith.
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