DJI has used WhiteFox’s capability to secure drone and operator identity during the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Drone Enable 3 Symposium.
During the demonstration, DJI drones broadcasted their identity using the new, proposed ASTM standard for drone remote identification, and were cryptographically verified by WhiteFox cloud services, providing an unforgeable link between the drone and operator’s identity.
The standard supports a variety of receivers, including smartphones, laptops, and dedicated hardware, all using widely deployed technologies, such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
WhiteFox head of autonomous vehicle security, Dr. Zachary Peterson, said: “It is important we do Remote ID security right, and it is also important that it be optional. It’s possible not all airspaces will require security, but within spaces that do, we must be assured of the true identity of both a drone and its operator. Without security, my drone can be your drone, a police drone—it can be anything I want.”
While Stephen Creamer, ICAO’s director of Air Navigation Bureau, added: “One of the things we know we need to have…is we know we need for drones to be able to identify themselves initially, so that law enforcement or a security service can understand who’s flying the drone, and what its purpose is.”
He continued: “We want to show Secure Remote ID to demonstrate the flexibility and the power of the ASTM standard when it’s coupled with some core concepts associated with registration and the evolving trust framework…essentially [allowing] us to digitize certification and identification globally for all aviation where it matters for safety.”
The proposed standard is currently before the FAA for adoption and rule-making, which will provide a framework around issues such as which airspace will require Secure Remote ID, such as large public events, prisons, and critical infrastructure.
WhiteFox recently met with White House officials to address the need for universally applied General Remote ID, and regulatory requirements for Secure Remote ID.