Drones

The crucial wing response to the distant ID

Wing for drone delivery and unmanned traffic management (UTM) has weighed the newly published rule on remote ID for drones. Wing’s response to Remote ID states that the rule can have unintended consequences for American consumers and creates significant privacy concerns.

While Wing expressed appreciation for the FAA’s efforts to include recreational aviators in the new rule, Wing’s response to Remote ID criticized the decision to remove the network compliance option.

The use of broadcast remote ID technology raises significant privacy concerns for American citizens, according to Wing. “In contrast to conventional aircraft that fly between well-known airports, commercial drones fly closer to communities and between businesses and private households,” the answer said. “While an observer tracking an aircraft cannot infer much about the people or cargo on board, an observer tracking a drone can infer sensitive information about specific users, including where they visit, spend time and live, and where customers are Received packages from and when. American communities would not accept this type of monitoring of their deliveries or taxi rides on the road. You shouldn’t accept it in heaven. “

Network Remote ID technology wouldn’t raise the same concerns, Wing explains: “This RID method uses the Internet – the most ubiquitous technological tool of our time – to share a drone’s location and identity information like a license plate with anyone who doing this has access to a cell phone or a web browser, “reads the answer. “In this way, a drone can be identified when it is flying over it without necessarily having to pass on the complete flight path or the flight history of the drone. This information, which may be more sensitive, will not be shown to the public and will only be available to law enforcement agencies if it has proper credentials and a reason to need that information. “

In the published rule, the FAA wrote that the network option was removed from the final version in response to public comments and technical challenges.

“In response to the NPRM, the FAA received significant feedback on the network requirements, identifying both public opposition and technical challenges in implementing the network requirements,” states the final rule. “The FAA did not anticipate or consider many of these challenges when proposing the use of the network solution and the USS framework. After careful consideration of these challenges, informed by public comments, the FAA decided to remove the requirement in this rule drafting to transmit remote identification messages to a remote identity USS over an Internet connection. “

The following is the full and unedited text of Wing’s response to Remote ID.

Broadcast-only remote identification of drones can have unintended consequences for American consumers

Wing recognizes the hard work by the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to finalize the remote unmanned aircraft identification and human operation regime. In order for the United States to safely and responsibly enjoy the full benefits and most useful uses of unmanned aircraft, the FAA’s legal framework must evolve.

Remote Identification (RID) is an important technology that can determine the identity and location of a drone and validate transparent and secure operations for governments, law enforcement agencies, community members and operators alike. With this rulebook, the FAA had an opportunity to lead the world by adopting performance-based, technology-neutral remote identification regulations that support security, privacy, inclusivity, and widespread use of drones in the United States.

Unfortunately, contrary to existing international standards, the last rule does not allow the use of an equally effective network remote ID and requires that all UAS, regardless of the use case, use the broadcast RID. This approach creates barriers to compliance and has unintended negative impacts on business and consumer privacy. Unlike traditional aircraft that fly between well-known airports, commercial drones fly closer to communities and between businesses and homes. While an observer tracking an aircraft cannot infer much about the people or cargo on board, an observer tracking a drone can infer sensitive information about specific users, including where they visit, spend time and live, and where customers have packages from and when received. American communities would not accept this type of monitoring of their deliveries or taxi rides on the road. You shouldn’t accept it in heaven.

Over the next 18 months, we are urging the FAA to expand the ways in which an operator can meet the FAA’s remote ID requirements to enable compliance through broadcast or network technologies.

The commercial drone industry has successfully demonstrated how “network technologies” meet the required RID elements of the FAA rule while protecting sensitive customer information. This RID method uses the internet – the most ubiquitous technological tool of our time – to share the location and identity information of a drone like a license plate with anyone who has access to a mobile phone or web browser. In this way, a drone can be identified while flying over it without necessarily having to pass on the complete flight path or the flight history of the drone. This information, which may be more sensitive, will not be shown to the public and will only be available to law enforcement agencies if they have the required credentials and a reason to need that information.

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