While many whitepapers are good only as a substitute for Sominex, Kittyhawk has written one well worth reading carefully.
“Remote ID & Drones” (download for free here) takes views from all over the industry to unpack the hot topic of remote ID for commercial drone users, explaining both what it is and why we need it. The paper provides a brief history of the topic, an understandable explanation of the difference between the “broadcast” and “networked” models of remote ID, and defines the technical terms. Based on interviews with a broad range of industry stakeholders, including manufacturers and regulators, Kittyhawk explains why Remote ID for drones is necessary – and what commercial applications will be available when it is implemented.
The FAA Reauthorization package signed into law in 2018 made provisions for the FAA to require Remote ID for drones. Since then, it’s been a hot topic in the drone industry as hobbyists and commercial users alike try to figure out what benefits they’ll gain – and what privacy they may stand to lose – when Remote ID is implemented. Kittyhawk and other stakeholders make the case that Remote ID in an enabling technology – and one that far from representing government overstep may protect the industry from over-regulation:
Remote ID will help limit the proliferation of laws enacted by a patchwork quilt of cities and states specifically targeting drones and drone operations. Particularly amongst those active in developing legal and policy matters around drones is the belief that Remote ID can lead to more effective enforcement of federal and state laws already in existence – thus eliminating the need for restrictive rules only applicable to drones.
Additionally, the paper points out that with a robust system of Remote ID in place, there will be fewer “special cases” in operations:
Remote ID will extend the operating environment for drones in critical areas. New use cases will emerge as the technology becomes more mainstream and the capabilities of drones increases. With a more reliable operational and compliance framework established, special use cases will become everyday functions.
Remote ID is coming – it’s up to drone operators to educate themselves on what it really means.