Dedrone | June 24, 2022
Dedrone, the market leader in smart airspace security, announced it partnered with Threat Management Group to provide airspace security for South Carolina Law Enforcement Division during the popular Cooper River Bridge Run. Due to the pandemic, the annual race was held twice within a six-month period, in September 2021 and again in April 2022. SLED utilized Dedrone technology to secure the airspace for runners and spectators during both events. Using funding from the 2020 Port Security Grant Program SLED leveraged Dedrone’s Smart Airspace Security solution, deploying mobile DedroneSensors on marine vessels and installing Dedrone Sensors around the bridge in a static configuration to ensure wide-area security. During the 2021/2022 events, three drones were intercepted and SLED was able to quickly de-escalate the threat. Dedrone’s technology helped ensure the safest and most secure events in the history of the 10K race, the third largest of its kind in the United States.
“We needed a scalable drone detection solution capable of detecting a wide variety of drones and flexible enough to be deployed in our highly complex race environment, which includes both the land and marine components,” said Trey Elrod at SLED. “After an extensive analysis of available solutions, Dedrone was the clear market leader. The ease of deployment, robust drone detection library and simplicity of the user interface made it much easier for law enforcement to successfully protect our annual Bridge Run.”
Drone detection is complex. Drones come in various shapes, sizes and control mechanisms, with fixed wings or a varying number of rotors. Radio frequencies also vary - many drones are controlled using common radio protocols, but others are controlled via Wi-Fi. Dedrone shines a light on the “blind spot” of suspicious drones, ensuring airspace is safe from unwanted aircraft and providing tools to help mitigate threats.
“We were honored to work with TMG and SLED to help secure the iconic Cooper River Bridge Run, especially as these were the first events following the pandemic and the community was excited to be together again. Airspace security is now a critical part of ensuring the safety of participants in any live event, and Dedrone makes it easy for law enforcement to quickly and easily manage unauthorized drones.”
Aaditya Devarakonda, CEO of Dedrone
Races, stadiums and live events are especially vulnerable to drone threats, both from nefarious actors and individuals seeking to get their own unique footage. Spectators and participants alike are vulnerable to physical threats, while event organizers also worry about copyright infringement issues. Dedrone and TMG have successfully partnered to secure additional events, including NASCAR.
“TMG provides a wide range of counter technologies for Unmanned Aircraft Systems including risk management, training, TTP development and drone detection solutions,” said Brandon Cox, CEO, TMG. “Dedrone is the company we trust most to provide our clients with a complete end-to-end, drone-agnostic detection solution.”
Dedrone works across 35 countries to deliver best-in-class detection, identification, tracking, and mitigation of drones. The company’s technology is used by four of the G-7 nations, nine U.S. federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, and more than 70 critical infrastructure sites, 20 airports and 50 correctional facilities worldwide.
Dedrone is the market leader in smart airspace security. Dedrone’s counter-drone system is trusted by hundreds of commercial, government, and military customers globally to protect against unauthorized drones. With flexibility to host on premise or in the cloud via Dedrone’s Airspace Security-as-a-Service (ASaaS), Dedrone customers can detect, identify, locate, analyze and mitigate unauthorized drone threats. Established in 2014, Dedrone is headquartered in San Francisco, with operations in the Washington, D.C.-area, Columbus, Ohio, London, and Germany.
JetBlue | June 24, 2022
Blade Air Mobility, Inc. a technology-powered global air mobility platform announced that it has entered into an agreement with JetBlue New York’s Hometown Airline® to integrate Blade’s Airport service into JetBlue’s TrueBlue loyalty program through 2023.
In connection with the partnership, Blade announced that it will be adding an additional route of continuous daily service between BLADE Lounge East, located at East 34th Street in Manhattan, and John F. Kennedy International Airport (“JFK”) starting June 27, 2022, as well as introducing additional flights harmonized with JetBlue’s growing international schedule operating out of JFK.
“Given its New York City roots JetBlue is an ideal partner as we have ramped up our Blade Airport service to six days a week and up to thirteen hours per day in New York City,” said Melissa Tomkiel, Blade’s President.
“We know the JetBlue journey starts long before our customers step aboard one of our flights, which is why we are making more of the entire travel experience even easier and even more rewarding. This partnership with Blade will help us further evolve and enhance our TrueBlue program so our most loyal customers can enjoy more perks more often.”
Chris Buckner, vice president of loyalty & partnerships, JetBlue
“We look forward to enabling loyal JetBlue fliers to substitute up to two hours of ground congestion for a five-minute flight between Manhattan and area airports,” added Jeffrey Brenner, Director, Strategic Marketing and Brand Partnerships at Blade.
Blade is a technology-powered, global air mobility platform committed to reducing travel friction by providing cost-effective air transportation alternatives to some of the most congested ground routes in the U.S. and abroad. Today, the Company predominantly uses helicopters and amphibious aircraft for its passenger routes and is also one of the largest air medical transporters of human organs for transplant in the world. Its asset-light model, coupled with its exclusive passenger terminal infrastructure, is designed to facilitate a seamless transition to Electric Vertical Aircraft enabling lower cost air mobility to the public that is both quiet and emission-free.
JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles, Orlando and San Juan. JetBlue carries customers to more than 110 cities throughout the United States, Latin America, Caribbean, Canada and United Kingdom.
DEFENSE AND SPACE
CLEAR | June 23, 2022
CLEAR announced the launch of our trusted and secure identity technology at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. GSP is CLEAR's first airport in the Carolinas, and 44th across the U.S. The launch is expected to create 17 jobs and generate $1.5 million annually in local economic activity.
As part of the partnership, members in the CLEAR program can verify their identity simply by using their eyes or fingerprints, replacing the need to show their driver's license. After verification, a CLEAR Ambassador escorts members through a dedicated lane and directly to TSA screening. This allows CLEAR members to significantly reduce the amount of time waiting in line at the security checkpoint.
"GSP is always looking for ways to make the airport experience easier and more predictable. Partnering with CLEAR provides our customers expedited access to security screening at GSP and many other major airports. We are confident our passengers will appreciate CLEAR's expedited screening process and we are looking forward to providing another great amenity for our travelers."
GSP President and CEO Dave Edwards
Today's launch represents continued growth in CLEAR's national footprint, where it boasts more than 12 million members and a presence at 44 airports. CLEAR already serves 9 of GSP's top 10 domestic destinations, meaning that members traveling through GSP can use CLEAR on both ends of their journey.
"CLEAR shares GSP's commitment to innovation and customer service, and we're thrilled to expand our footprint to the beautiful Upstate area," said CLEAR CEO Caryn Seidman-Becker. "Our launch at GSP is the start to a strong partnership and we look forward to working with the airport to implement new technology and bring customized, scalable solutions to the people of South Carolina."
CLEAR Plus – an opt-in membership that provides access to CLEAR's expedited security lanes – costs around $16 a month billed annually, with discounts available for Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Express members, as well as active military, veterans, and government officials.
Founded in 2010, CLEAR's mission is to create frictionless experiences. With more than 12 million members and hundreds of partners across the world, CLEAR's identity platform is transforming the way people live, work, and travel. Whether it's at the airport, stadium, or right on your phone, CLEAR connects you to the things that make you, you - making everyday experiences easier, more secure, and more seamless. Since day one, CLEAR has been committed to privacy done right. Members are always in control of their own information, and we never sell member data.
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) is served by seven major airlines offering convenient daily flights to destinations across the U.S. In 2020, GSP was recognized as the Best Airport in North America in the 2-5 million passenger category by is customers and Airports Council International. The airport is also a hub for air cargo, including flights regularly flown to and from Europe and points across the United States.