Dedrone, Johnson Controls Collaborate for Drone Defense

A new partnership formed by Johnson Controls and Dedrone supports the integration of Dedrone products into Johnson Controls’ product portfolio.

STERLING, Va. — Dedrone, a developer of smart airspace security solutions, and Johnson Controls, a global developer of smart buildings technologies, have announced a strategic collaboration to address the security threats posed by unauthorized drone activity for improved drone defense.

As part of the collaboration, Dedrone’s AI/ML driven counter-drone technology will be integrated into Johnson Controls product portfolio via an open application programming interface (API), providing Cloud-based airspace security as a service to customers worldwide for drone defense.

“For counter-drone security to be effective, it cannot be siloed from the overall security measures and tools within an organization. Dedrone’s integration with Johnson Controls offers a complete airspace security solution that makes it easy to add counter-drone security, helping security industry leaders protect everything from critical infrastructure to correctional facilities, stadiums and event venues from airborne threats,” says Ben Wenger, chief revenue officer of Dedrone. “We’re proud to collaborate with Johnson Controls and are looking forward to providing counter-drone solutions for the persistent and escalating threat from drones.”

Johnson Controls Integration of Dedrone Technologies Provides State-of-the-Art Drone Defense

As part of the companies’ collaboration agreement, Dedrone’s software and sensors will be integrated into Johnson Controls portfolio of security products which provides the ability for command & control (C2) to detect, track and identify unauthorized drones, as well as determine the exact location of the drone operator to enable first responders to be dispatched for real time drone defense.

“Unauthorized drones have been increasingly used to exploit security at transportation hubs, large public venues, prisons and critical infrastructure facilities worldwide,” comments Sanjeev Singh, vice president, product & program management, security products, Johnson Controls.

“That’s why we offer everything from access controls and command center solutions to AI-enabled video surveillance and intruder prevention for holistic, physical-security coverage. The threat of unauthorized drones has created a gap in security portfolios across numerous industries that needs immediate attention. Counter-drone security is a proactive solution to detect and reduce this threat.”

Dedrone adds that its DedroneTracker is built on an open systems architecture (OSA) that allows for easy integration to any third-party inputs including sensors, cameras, other counter-small unmanned aircraft systems (CUAS) capabilities, and alternative mitigation solutions, as well as C2 level systems.

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