Dedrone Partners with G4S – DRONELIFE

Dedrone partners with G4SDedrone to Provide Airspace Security for Police in Latvia, EMEA region

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby

Smart airspace security leader Dedrone announced that it has partnered with G4S, an Allied Universal® company. The partnership covers Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Within these locations, G4S will offer Dedrone’s command and control (C2) drone detection, tracking and identification (DTI) solution suite to customers in over 50 countries.

“This partnership with Dedrone enables us to add another layer in our risk-based assessment approach, to assess the customer specific threat level, in perimeter and airspace protection,” said Erik Deleersnyder, Regional Director Technology Solutions Development at G4S. “Dedrone’s ability to easily integrate with third-party products also means that our customers can quickly incorporate counter-Uncrewed Aerial System (cUAS) capabilities into their existing security infrastructure.”

One of the first clients to benefit from this new partnership is the State Police of Latvia, which Dedrone used to establish a mobile drone detection system for large events in Riga.

“This detection equipment is a significant addition to the State Police of Latvia’s ability to effectively control the traffic of Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The first tests with Dedrone have proven that it’s of a high quality; it will undoubtedly improve our ability to strengthen Latvia’s internal national security.” said Māris Vitkovski, a State Police of Latvia representative responsible for Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) and air navigation. “These devices make it possible to determine the height, route and, most importantly, the location of a drone’s remote pilot, which is essential for detecting any potential law-breaking. We will use Dedrone to ensure public safety, including during public events, in order to prevent violations, including those that may threaten the safety of the public.”

With 6000 registered drone pilots and many more unlicensed, it is necessary for Latvia to strike a balance between providing protection against the risk of unlicensed drones and providing registered users the freedom to operate safely and responsibly.

“We face a real challenge in Latvia with drones due to the risks in crowded areas and to critical  national infrastructure with an increasing number of drones being produced and sold every year.

What we needed was a flexible system which detects any drone that can be deployed in different situations to provide an essential layer of security. Dedrone provides that flexibility without sacrificing security,” said Aleksandrs Šnevels, Head of Technology Department for G4S in Latvia.

Dedrone Tracker, Dedrone’s C2 cUAS platform, was developed on an Open Systems Architecture (OSA) and enables seamless integration with any third-party inputs including sensors and cameras that may already be in place. Using its DTI protocols and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) engine, Dedrone Tracker continuously judges drone threats autonomously. The company has also recently released DedroneDefender, which pacifies drones using precision Radio Frequency (RF) jamming.

“Forming this partnership with one of the world’s leading security solutions providers is the logical next step for Dedrone as we continue to lead the cUAS market globally, and we are pleased to provide G4S customers with our full suite of products to ensure that the threat of drone incursion can be effectively and speedily countered,” said Dedrone VP EMEA Jan Schween. “No matter the size of the site or the current security setup, we’re prepared to quickly integrate our best-in-class cUAS solution for effective airspace protection.”

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Ian attended Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now contributing to DroneLife as a staff writer.


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