DJI showcases direct drone-to-phone remote ID

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DJI has demonstrated a direct drone-to-phone, Wi-Fi based remote ID solution to identify airborne drones.

The manufacturer has described it as a pioneering way for anyone with a smartphone to monitor nearby drones for enhanced safety, security and peace of mind.

DJI’s remote identification solution, developed in collaboration with industry stakeholders and regulators, broadcasts information from drones directly to off-the-shelf mobile phones using existing Wi-Fi protocols.

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Using a simple app, anyone within radio range of the drone can receive that signal and learn the location, altitude, speed and direction of the drone, as well as an identification number for the drone and the location of the pilot.

Commenting on the new technology, Brendan Schulman, DJI’s VP for police and legal affairs, said: “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 its doing.”

Adding: “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.”

DJI demonstrated the direct drone-to-phone remote ID system at a park in Montreal, Canada, during the International Civil Aviation Organization’s third annual Drone Enable conference.

Participants used standard phones from Samsung, Google and Xiaomi to receive Wi-Fi Aware signals from a DJI Mavic Air drone and a DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise drone.

Aviation regulators in many countries are moving to require remote ID systems for drones as a solution to concerns about drone safety and security.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said it will release a mandatory remote ID proposal by the end of this year while the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will impose remote ID requirements in July 2020.

DJI says the app and the associated drone firmware updates used for DJI’s demonstration this week are not yet available for public use, pending further direction from aviation regulators and final publication of the ASTM International standard.

Yesterday, CDP reported on DJI insisting data was not their business amid US concerns.

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