Public safety officials are interested in solutions that remove the anonymity of drone operations. In many cases, a drone operator can be flying legally under visual line of sight regulations but when an observer sees a drone nearby, they can’t always see the operator. This causes concern for law enforcement and the general public. The solution, called “remote identification” will help law enforcement, air traffic controllers and the general public to understand whether a drone is complying with the law. The solution has two parts the networked air picture and the drone broadcast. The OneSky USS serves as a networked remote identification solution.
In 2017 the FAA formed a special Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) for remote identification. OneSky participated in the committee. A final report was sent to the FAA. The FAA is now seeking assistance from companies to help develop the remote ID requirements and capabilities.
OneSky’s solution uses flight plans and tracking information from the ground control system. The flight plans and tracks are sent to our USS using existing interfaces and can be viewed live in our web portal. The following is an example of flight information being sent from the OneSky Remote ID application for DroneDeploy. Many drone pilots use third party solutions like DroneDeploy to conduct flight planning, monitor the flight in real time and process data eventually collected by the drone.
The drone flight plan and tracking Information from the ground control system is sent to the OneSky USS and fused with other drone plans and tracks. In addition, if other USS systems are controlling flights in the same area, the InterUSS can be used to query other USS operations and display those as well using the InterUSS system, being tested by NASA Ames in their UTM TCL4 trials.
The end user can view our web portal on a desktop web browser or smart phone and visualize the drone location and drone identifier. As broadcast solutions become part of the solution, an authorized RID user will be able to query our USS for additional information about the drone operator. The following shows the flight plan and information from DroneDeploy in our web portal.
In addition to our web portal, we have augmented reality applications for mobile clients like the SatelliteAR capability below. The track data stored in our online system is pushed to the augmented reality application to make it easy for mobile users of remote identification to discover an object when it’s far away. The user can interact with the object on the smart phone and understand more about the object location, direction and lookup operator details. In the SatelliteAR application below, users can see the orbit of a Globalstar satellite which is well beyond visual line of sight of the ground observer.
Remote Identification is an exciting new capability which will help reduce public concerns about who is flying a drone nearby. In addition, the capability will setup the framework for UAS Traffic Management to help fly drones safely beyond line of sight.