Dedrone announces partnership with Vodafone and Amazon Web Services to provide airspace security for critical infrastructure

Sites of critical importance, including airports, stadiums, correctional facilities, energy facilities, corporate headquarters, government buildings, and military installations, can now seamlessly upgrade their security programs with Vodafone Business and Dedrone.

Dedrone announces partnership with Vodafone and Amazon Web Services to provide airspace security for critical infrastructure
Dedrone announces partnership with Vodafone and Amazon Web Services to provide airspace security for critical infrastructure

Dedrone announces partnership with Vodafone, AWS to provide airspace security for critical infrastructure

Dedrone, Vodafone, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have entered into a partnership to provide airspace security for critical infrastructure. Sites of critical importance, including airports, stadiums, correctional facilities, energy facilities, corporate headquarters, government buildings, and military installations, can now seamlessly upgrade their security programs with Vodafone Business and Dedrone.

By using Vodafone Business’s Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) solution, organizations can accelerate the delivery of Dedrone’s counter-drone solution. The technology partnership between Vodafone and Dedrone and AWS Wavelength offers the following:

  • Provides real-time instants, which can be instantly actioned to respond to a drone incursion
  • Minimizes the need for expensive physical infrastructure for customers to launch their airspace security programs
  • Reduces the time it takes to begin assessing drone activity and preventing drone threats
  • Allows counter-drone security data to remain secure and uncompromised

The MEC solution will be rolled out from the spring of 2021, starting with the first commercial centre in London, UK, and with other locations in the UK and Germany to follow. These will give business customers, application developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) a head start in developing new digital services and access to real-time analytics so they can better respond to events and end-user needs.

The commercial MEC centre in London will provide an ultra-low latency zone over a wide area and make use of Vodafone’s 5G network in areas within and around the capital. The low latency zone will also extend to Cambridge, Oxford, Birmingham, Bristol, and Cardiff, as well as many towns home to tech firms along the M4 motorway corridor and parts of Wales and Cornwall.

MEC is a key component to unlock the full potential of 5G as it moves cloud-based IT services to the edge of the network, providing services with almost instantaneous connectivity. Combined, MEC and 5G is the platform on which remote surgery, connected industrial robots and autonomous cars, as well as critical Internet of Things (IoT) applications, will work by allowing ultra-low latency response times between the user and the application housed within the edge of the network.

Vodafone has been piloting MEC based on the AWS Wavelength Zones with customers in two beta trial sites in the UK. An additional beta trial location is due to open in Dusseldorf, Germany, early next year with general availability in Dortmund later in 2021.

Vinod Kumar, CEO Vodafone Business, said, “Working with AWS on edge computing means we are making it simpler for both independent software vendors and our customers to experiment with this emerging technology. We’re doing this by offering an incubation space to create and test applications that we can then industrialise and scale."

"And we’re already seeing some innovative applications that provide positive business outcomes from Dedrone, Digital Barriers, HERE Technologies, Groopview, and Unleash live, with so much more to come once our MEC innovation programme is running.”