New ASTM Standard Allows Public Safety to Identify Drones
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 | Comments

A new ASTM International standard aims to satisfy demand for better identification and tracking of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in airspace systems worldwide. Similar to the function of a car license plate, the Remote ID standard supports technology that allows public-safety officials to identify a drone using an assigned ID while preserving the privacy of the operator's personal identifiable information (PII).

The standard, set to be published in the coming weeks with the designation F3411, was developed by the ASTM International UAS committee F38. The new specification outlines how drones will transmit the assigned ID, location, speed and direction by broadcasting over the air and/or sending over a wireless internet connection to a UAS service supplier (USS).

"A receiver could be a common smartphone that will be able to associate the ID with the location of the drone," said Gabriel Cox, drone system architect at Intel.

The standard will help civil aviation authorities, public-safety officials, drone manufacturers, service suppliers, independent software vendors and hardware solutions providers by providing a common interoperable standard. The Remote ID is key to unlocking the next step of more advanced drone operations, an ASTM statement said.

"Remote ID is paramount for the continued integration of drones," said Mike Glasgow, UTM architecture and standards, with Wing, a subsidiary of Alphabet. "We believe that this new standard that supports both broadcast and network solutions promotes growth while maximizing the safety of our airspace and the communities where drones and drone companies will have a growing presence."

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