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Defense shield against drone attacks

On the basis of radio, audio, video and radar technology, the Magenta drone defense shield detects drones the moment the drone is started

Targeted defense against drone attacks

Drones have developed into a new hobby for technology enthusiasts. However, industrial spies and agents have likewise discovered their potential for spying out competitors. They fly over plants and take films in 4K quality. In the worst-case scenario, the drones are equipped with ammunition and can target and destroy machines. A drone defense shield allows for drones to be detected before they take off to attack.

The lucrative market in drones

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London Gatwick airport, November 18, 2018. The airport is closed. 1,000 flights are cancelled, 140,000 passengers are stuck. This is because of a drone alert. The costs of the incident for the British low-cost airline easyJet alone amounted to around 17 million euros. This is not an isolated case.  In May 2019, all takeoffs and landings at Frankfurt airport were cancelled for about an hour due to a drone. The number of sighted drones at German airports has risen to nearly double, from 88 drones in 2017 to 158 drones in 2018. Whenever a drone is sighted over an airport, the airport is closed. Takeoffs and landings are canceled. The background: German airports are currently barely protected against potentially dangerous drones.

According to a survey by the German Unmanned Aviation Association (VUL), there are currently around 500,000 drones in Germany. Around 455,000 are used privately. A third of those are just toys. According to the survey, only around 19,000 drones are currently being used commercially. However, the number of professionally used flying objects is increasing rapidly, as they can be used for a large number of different purposes. On the one hand, drones, especially in combination with artificial intelligence, are one of the most important – and most dangerous – types of new weapon technology. On the other hand, they are already rescuing lives and being used for surveying, mapping, inspection, and films and photography from the air, for example for construction projects. The agricultural sector is likewise beginning to use drones.

Drone defense shield for companies and authorities

Learn all about the Deutsche Telekom drone defense shield and find out how you can protect yourself against espionage from the air. Drone experts Markus Piendl and Patrick Köhler explain the circumstances in which the solution is suitable, how the system works, and the range of options currently available for the drone defense shield (German only).

More and more drones approaching

847,000

The number of drones in Germany is set to rise.

560 %

By 2030, the number of commercially used drones will rise to 126,000.

100,000 jobs

will be created in the EU in the drone sector over the next 20 years.

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Drone defense shield protects against espionage

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Drones from next door’s garden have become an issue. Despite all prohibitions, hobby drone pilots are using the integrated camera to spy on their neighbors. What is a nuisance in a private context can constitute a serious risk for companies. The information drones may obtain is frequently worth millions to the pilot’s criminal clients. Drones enable the production and storage sites to be spied on and monitored.

You too may have locations which may be an interesting target for a drone attack. That open warehouse next to the factory. That testing track for prototypes. The research laboratory on the testing site. Or even the air-conditioning system on the roof of your data center, which could be attacked and disabled by a drone.

One popular target are car manufacturers’ test tracks, where prototypes are tested. Research sites of suppliers are likewise popular objects for espionage. Air-conditioning systems on roofs are a further target. In the worst-case scenario, data losses can result from a drone attack on the air-conditioning resulting in an IT outage.

But a remedy is available: we can install and configure a drone defense shield for you, manage the launch, and provide service and maintenance. Companies without their own control room or security control center may use the drone defense shield via a secure cloud. Would you like to connect the system to existing threat defense or property management systems? Protocol interfaces make this possible, and simultaneously ensure the systems stay up to date. After all, criminals are creative. Regular updates of new drone signatures are therefore added to the system via the interfaces.

Drone detection and defense

Drones may also be misused, for example in industrial espionage. Defense mechanisms have now been developed which ward off unauthorized drone flights. The example of Boehringer Ingelheim demonstrates how this works (German only).

Drone defense shield detects drone start

We offer business customers protection from the increasing risk posed by drones. Companies with critical infrastructures, data centers, stadiums, and public authorities can secure their premises against overflight by drones, preventing espionage, smuggling and vandalism. The Telekom drone defense shield combines a number of technologies into one solution for you. This includes the DroneTracker by Dedrone, a frequency scanner by Rhode & Schwarz, microphone arrays by Squarehead, radar devices by Robin Radar Systems, and jammer technology by HP Wüst. We use video technology for the optical detection of a large variety of flying objects. For this purpose, 4k cameras are employed on your premises which search the air space in compliance with data protection regulations.

Identifying the location of the pilot

Detecting an unauthorized drone on your premises is a good start. Finding the pilot before they even start the drone is even better. We use a particularly sophisticated method which detects at a very early stage and from a distance when a drone’s remote control and the drone itself are switched on. The Telekom Magenta drone defense shield identifies at an early stage if a drone pilot is preparing to start a drone – i.e., before the drone even takes off. The drone defense shield is able to precisely determine the location of the remote control the moment the activated drone and the controller synchronize. How do we do it? Our solution relies on audio detection which registers the sounds made by drones, a radar system, or a radio frequency sensor with a range of 2,500 meters. Warnings can be given visually, by sound notification or silently, as required.  This gives companies valuable time to react and secure objects.

Drone DNA in the database

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“I recognize you from somewhere!” In order to classify and, if possible, identify a flying object, the installation is equipped with a central database. Every drone has specific features which are related to the underlying software and can be saved as a signature – or drone DNA – in a database. Regular updates enable any user of the defense shield to detect even new drones immediately and reliably.

I’ve discovered you now and, ideally, even know who you are. And now what? Public security authorities in Germany are authorized to use electronic interception measures. This is not an option available to the private sector. Although it is technically possible to ground a drone in a controlled way, legal restrictions and the risk to third parties render this difficult. Electronic interception techniques such as “jamming” are likewise prohibited. Jamming overrides the communication between the drone and its remote control and can cause the drone to crash. However, if a drone is detected in a particular location, the police can be called. They will find out on location why, of all places, the owner of the drone felt the need to start the drone next to your company’s premises.

Alongside planning, development, installation, and launch of the system, Telekom also offers further services such as operation and maintenance as managed services. Deutsche Telekom itself uses the drone defense shield to protect some of its important group sites.

UFO approaching

Along with the boom in drones, the attractiveness for industrial espionage increases. Learn about our Magenta drone defense shield.

Digital ecosystem

Future-proofing a company requires four building blocks: connectivity, cloud and IT infrastructure, security, and digitalization. With the help of a Drone Defense Shield from Telekom, security against industrial espionage is improved.

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