AirMap, Wing, and Kittyhawk.io Demonstrate InterUSS Network-Based Remote ID Application for Drone Identification
 
Feb 20, 2019
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Hong Kong — February 19, 2019 — AirMap, the world’s leading airspace management platform for drones, has teamed up with Alphabet’s Wing and Kittyhawk.io to demonstrate a network-based remote ID application for drones based on the InterUSS Platform™.

The successful demonstration illustrates that a remote ID solution exists today for drone operations in networked areas, without the need for additional infrastructure or technology. AirMap, Wing, and Kittyhawk.io are each UAS Service Suppliers (USS) of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Low-Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) for authorization to operate drones in U.S. controlled airspace.

During the demonstration, multiple DJI and Wing drones were flown in controlled airspace, each connected to a unique USS, which exchanged data via a branch of the open source InterUSS Platform™.

Bystanders were able to visualize the drone operations in their vicinity in real time on a smartphone application, regardless of which USS the drone was connected to. Only safety information was shared, protecting the operator and consumer privacy.

“Industry collaboration is key to moving UAS operations forward. The industry has worked together to develop a network-based remote ID solution that is free to use, built on open source, and ready to be deployed today,” said Reinaldo Negron, Head of UTM (Unmanned Traffic Navigation) at Wing.

There is a global consensus among airspace stakeholders that remote identification is necessary before widespread advanced drone operations can be achieved. But many disagree on the best path forward in establishing and enforcing remote identification without imposing a burden on the operator or infringing upon privacy rights.

By validating an operator’s identity through their respective USS, network-based remote identification offers a trusted picture of who is flying a drone, without requiring any additional information or equipment from the operator. This makes network-based remote ID an easy and effective way to facilitate transparent and accountable UAS operations – which increasingly provide valuable and personal services to the public in highly-networked locations.

Networked remote ID is also flexible. As new security needs arise, or technology implementations improve, network-based remote ID allows industry and operators to evolve to adopt new standards and realities, quickly and simply.

In remote areas where network coverage is sparse, remote identification data broadcasted by drones can be integrated into the same network remote identification apps. In this case, drones share information using integrated ground control station or cellular tracking devices. The AirMap UTM Platform supports networked and local broadcast remote ID.

“Before such wide-scale drone operations as autonomous deliveries can take place, we need to ensure that regulators – and the public – can easily assess whether or not a particular drone belongs to a good actor or requires intervention,” said Ben Marcus, co-founder and Chairman of AirMap. “Network-based remote identification applications like AirMap’s Drone Aware, augmented by local broadcast solutions when available, help airspace managers enforce aviation regulations while cultivating public trust in drone and also protecting the privacy of drone operators.”

The demo in detail: https://youtu.be/oXeOiZVLENo

About AirMap
AirMap is the world's leading airspace management platform for drones. Thousands of drones, hundreds of industry developers, and hundreds of airspace managers and stakeholders rely on AirMap's airspace intelligence and services to fly safely and communicate with others in low-altitude airspace. AirMap connects the majority of the world's drones to airspace authorities through integrations with major drone manufacturers such as DJI, Intel, senseFly, Matternet, 3DR, DroneDeploy, and more. Deployed in Japan, Switzerland, Czech Republic, and the United States, AirMap leads the industry in delivering technology solutions for Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) and U-space to enable safe and responsible drone operations at scale. M12, Microsoft's venture fund, is an investor in AirMap.

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