Standards organization ASTM International has announced that it will publish a new standard that aims to facilitate identification and tracking of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in airspace systems worldwide. The new Remote ID standard proposes ways for the general public and public safety officials to identify a drone using an assigned ID while preserving the drone operator’s privacy and personal identifiable information. The standard, which will be published shortly with the designation F3411, was developed by ASTM International’s UAS committee.
Mike Glasgow, UTM Architecture and Standards at drone delivery company Wing, commented: “Remote ID is paramount for the continued integration of drones. 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.” He adds, “Working with standard bodies like ASTM International on unmanned traffic management interoperability helps build a future ecosystem that fosters safety, efficiency, and scalability.”
Gabriel Cox, drone system architect at Intel, says that the new specification outlines how a drone will transmit its 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 Cox. He also noted that 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, and that Remote ID is key to unlocking the next step of more advanced drone operations.
Katharine Morgan, president of ASTM International, said: “This new standard is yet another example of how technical standards are crucial to driving innovation on a global scale. We look forward to seeing even more groundbreaking standards come out of the hard work of our unmanned aircraft systems committee.”