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Implementation of Remote Identification (ID) for Drones – Can it Influence the Adoption of Drones Across Industries?

Mar 2, 2020 10:34:45 PM / by BIS Research

Remote ID

Remote ID for drones is a license plate of drones, which can help identify a particular drone mid-flight. This identification can be in the form of a string of unique combinations of numbers and letters mapped on the drone. The technology can help enhance the accountability and safety of the drone in the air and can also help in enforcing law effectively.

Here is a brief insight on the requirement, benefits, and compliances related to the drones by our analyst.

What are the benefits of deploying remote drone identification?

Initially, the idea of using drones for several activities sparked great interest across the consumer domain, along with the service providers. However, the concern related to national safety or security of the people is one of the critical questions that were put forward. The use of remote ID for drones is an ideal way to overcome this concern. In addition, remote identification is expected to assist law enforcement and other security agencies to track drones, which are either flying in restricted zones or are flying in an unsafe manner.

Further, there are benefits of deploying remote ID for drones, such as:

  • Recurring advanced operations: At present, in order to perform advanced operations, most drone operators have to apply for waivers from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This involves a huge amount of both time and cost, as the procedure for these waivers is often lengthy. The implementation of remote ID for drones can enable the companies to perform an advanced level operation on a regular basis without applying for the waivers and spending time on paperwork repeatedly.
  • Information to enable educated decisions: To promote the adoption of drones in the near future, several policy makers and regulatory bodies have to be educated on the safety, security features, and benefits offered by these drones for several operations. This is especially important, as several cities today are adopting regulations that are not so friendly toward drone operations. These regulations are not backed by any data but are based on the related factors, including noise generated, lack of privacy and accountability, among others. However, the implementation of remote IDs for drones can help gather information and can enable the local authorities to make informed decisions and, in turn, can augment the market for commercial drone operations.
  • Enhancing public confidence: In order to increase the public acceptance of the flying drones among them, it is imperative that the public is made aware of two things, i.e., who the drone belongs to and what is the function of the drone . If at any point, the people observe that a particular drone is behaving in an odd manner or has the potential to cause destruction, they can identify the drone with the help of remote ID and can report it to the authorities.

Why is the implementation of remote drone identification necessary?

Watching an unidentified drone flying in the skyspace is not always a welcome sight, as it may give rise to suspicions and questions such as why it is flying and who is it being operated by. Therefore, if we implement the use of remote ID for drones, it can be of great help to the public at large.

Here are benefits of the application of remote ID for drones:

  • Provides information: The use of remote id for drones can help us track the drone mid-flight based on the location of the drone. In addition, it also provides identification of the drone, and this is highly beneficial, especially if there is any unwanted activity or unwarranted behavior is portrayed by the drone.
  • Ease of operation: The use of remote ID for drones can support the flying of drones among people. This can further enable in making favorable policies related to drone flying, thus promoting growth of commercial market drones.
  • Provides a platform for information exchange: With the help of a remote drone identification system, the information can be shared with the help of the platform with UTM and drones flying beyond the visual line of sight.
  • Addressing concerns: With the help of remote drone identification, the safety and security concerns arising in the case of advanced operations can be addressed on time.

What are the compliance and rules that are to be followed by remote drone identification?

The rules that are to be followed by the organizations and individual drones while designing, manufacturing, and operating drones are listed as follows:

  • Design compliance – The design of the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) must be labeled with standard or limited remote identification. One of the design specification that should be kept in mind while designing is the built-in fly range of 400 feet in the limited remote ID UAS type.
  • Performance compliance – This type of compliance requires testing of drones for concerns related to issues such as remote IDs cannot be tampered with or are turned off, the automatic connection of UAS with internet should be established to transmit remote ID USS, and the broadcast of signal to be transmitted via unlicensed radio frequency spectrum, and lastly, a restriction that unmanned aircraft cannot take-off when the remote ID is not functioning should also be placed.

Operational compliance – Requirements for operational compliance include one registration number to be allotted to one unmanned aircraft (UA), the serial number format of the UA must be compliant to ANSI/CTA-2063-A standard, and under part 48 of the rules an unmanned ariel object can no longer registered as an individual object for recreational operators.

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