What is Remote ID? The Multi-Front Approach to Airspace Security

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Drones have changed the face of the aviation industry. Technology once relegated to the defense industry on one end of the spectrum, and enterprising hobbyists on the other end, has matured into a viable, full-spectrum market with numerous commercial applications. By the end of 2021, the compound annual growth rate for commercial drone shipments is expected to balloon to 51%.

With a diverse array of industries such as law enforcement, construction, retail delivery, and farming, local skies have become a busy place. Increased oversight and additional safety measures have become a modern-day necessity, sending entities like the Federal Aviation Administration scrambling for solutions. One such result? Remote ID.

What is Remote ID?

Ground-based traffic works on the premise that law enforcement, individual drivers, insurance companies, and local governments can all identify who's driving. It lends enforceability to the laws that govern our roadways. With low-altitude skyways becoming packed with commercial drones, the same level of oversight has become necessary. The problem is that commercial and recreational drones don't have license plates. The FAA's Remote ID rule seeks to change that.

Remote ID is a digital signal that the majority of US-based drones will be required to broadcast while in flight. That signal will contain various identifying information including:

  • GPS location
  • Altitude
  • Craft/ operator identity
  • Point of flight origin

The intent of Remote ID is to install a safety apparatus for the increasingly busy metropolitan skyway.

When Does Remote ID Take Effect?

The FAA began work on the Remote ID final rule back in 2019, soliciting feedback from industry professionals and interested parties nationwide. After collecting feedback and making all the necessary amendments, the final rule was published in the Federal Register in January of 2021. While the original effective date was set for early March, after a series of corrections, the Remote ID rule officially went into effect on April 21, 2021. In layman's terms, that means a significant portion of unmanned aircraft will be required to include Remote ID technology integrated directly into their design going forward.  

Will Remote ID Replace Current Drone Detection Technology?

Remote ID is a significant step towards establishing a more secure framework for drone operation, but it's far from a catch-all. In reality, Remote ID is just one component of a multifaceted approach toward keeping low-altitude aviation lanes clear and safe. Despite the best in governmental intentions, Remote ID is not a standalone solution.

Think about it in terms of ground-based transportation. Every vehicle is required to have a license plate, registration documents, and insurance. While those policies help keep the majority of drivers compliant with greater rules and regulations, they don't deter 100% of criminal behavior and illegality. Police are still necessary to curb the tendencies of more aggressive drivers. The same is happening in the sky.

While Remote ID is "required" in a statutory sense, nefarious operators have already found ways to bypass the regulation and shut off their Remote ID signal. A deeper, more robust approach is necessary.

Will Aerial Armor Integrate With Remote ID?

Aerial Armor is proud to be an integral part of multi-modal airspace security. Remote ID is a significant policy step toward safer, more regulated airways, but it's one piece in a much larger puzzle. Aerial Armor's products and services offer the perfect complement to emerging identification technology.

As Remote ID functions come online across the industry, it will be fully integrated into our product lineup. In turn, our selection of DJI AeroScope sensors serve as the perfect companion technology to Remote ID resources. The two technologies work together in tandem to keep busy skyways safe and running smoothly.  

To find out more about Aerial Armor's services and product lineup, please reach out to us today for a consultation.

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