DJI Announce Drone-to-Phone Remote ID – 19/02/2020
DJI Announce Drone-to-Phone Remote ID System
DJI has announced that the drone manufacturing giant has been working on a new drone-to-phone Remote ID solution. The new app was demonstrated with the DJI Mavic Air and the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise at the International Civil Aviation Organization’s annual Drone Enable conference in Montreal.
DJI says that with this simple app “anyone within radio range of the drone can receive that signal and learn the location, altitude, speed, and flight path, as well as an identification number for the drone and the location of the pilot operating.” the new drone-to-phone Remote ID app and firmware updates from DJI are not yet available for public use as this was only a demo. The company is waiting for further direction from the National Aviation Authorities and the final publication of the ASTM International standard.
What are your thoughts on this new remote ID system?
Personally, I think that the concept is a great idea to help with the public perception of drones but it needs to be done correctly for both drone users and the public. The idea of having a pilot’s location live to anyone is a pretty bad idea. Of course, there are issues with privacy, but the biggest aspect is pilot safety. Drones can be expensive and easy to hide due to size, could this new remote ID system be used for criminal organizations to target drone owners?
DJI demonstrates direct drone-to-phone Remote Identification
“Remote ID functions as an electronic license plate for drones, allowing anyone who is curious about a drone in the sky to learn more about what it’s doing,” said Brendan Schulman, DJI Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs. “Around the world, aviation authorities have said remote ID is the key to allowing more complex drone use, and to solving concerns about safety and security. DJI’s direct drone-to-phone remote ID shows we’re committed to providing a solution in a way that is instantly usable worldwide without any additional infrastructure.”
“Our direct drone-to-phone solution is an easy and elegant solution for drone pilots. They will be able to comply with Remote ID expectations simply by updating the firmware on many drones already in widespread use, without any extra cost or equipment,” said Javier Caina, DJI Director of Technical Standards. “
National Aviation Authorities (NAAs) in many countries are moving to require remote ID systems for drones as a solution to concerns about drone safety and security. The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said it will release a mandatory remote ID proposal by the end of this year, will they take pilot privacy and safety into consideration?
The remote ID system isn’t just a concept, it’s a product that is already designed and functioning. I think DJI understand along with NAAs that there is a lot more work that will need to be down before it is launched on a worldwide scale
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