August 15, 2022
Dronedek, which is developing the “mailbox of the future” for drone delivery operations, has announced a strategic partnership with facial recognition provider Scylla.
The company said it plans to use Scylla’s facial recognition services in select phases of upcoming pilot programs. Earlier this month, Dronedek launched an inaugural pilot program in Lawrence, Ind., which featured the first time that First-Class mail was delivered to Dronedek smart mailboxes by a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier.
“We took note of how Scylla provides users with some of the best and most reliable access control and biometric technologies in the markets today,” said Dan O’Toole, chairman and CEO of Dronedek. “Collaborative partnerships like these will help ensure our users have a fast, secure and reliable experience.”
The Dronedek team is currently exploring several access options for the boxes, including QR codes, keys, and app-based systems. “The one that gets us the most excited is the idea of facial recognition and being able to unlock the right smart mailbox just like we can with our cell phones now,” said O’Toole.
“We are excited to partner with Dronedek and their groundbreaking drone package receiving and storage technology,” said Kris Greiner, vice president of global sales at Scylla. “We believe the integration with Scylla’s powerful face recognition technology will help further bolster drone security and provide exceptional customer experience to Dronedek’s clients.”
Dronedek added that in the future, Scylla may provide the company with features for other use cases beyond biometric-based access. Scylla also develops other AI-based video analytics solutions, including gun detection, drone security, perimeter intrusion detection, anomaly detection, behavior recognition, smoke and fire detection.