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There’s already a company out there ready to identify drones and their pilots in the U.S. and EU

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Pilots won’t be legally required to be remotely identified during drone flights until nearly two and a half years from now, but one company is already monetizing the FAA’s new Remote ID rules.

The Federal Aviation Administration shook up the drone industry at the end of 2020 when it announced the final rule on Remote Identification for drones, which means drones will have to be capable of being remotely identified in order to fly.

Drone manufacturers have 18 months to begin producing drones with Remote ID, and pilots have an additional year after that to start using drones with Remote ID.

But drone detection company Dedrone is getting ahead of those rules, announcing this month that it is capable of reading Remote ID data through the company’s own intelligent software system. That software enables its customers to identify the drone operator, operator’s location, drone type and drone location in real time.

The software enables Dedrone customers to leverage not just U.S. but also E.U. government-provided drone remote identification standards, commonly known as Remote ID, to identify drones.

“By actively following FAA developments and also supporting the European Commission through participation in the ASD-STAN working group that defined the technical standard for Remote ID, Dedrone is ready for Remote ID in accordance with both sets of standards,” according to a prepared statement from Dedrone.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Using Dedrone, security providers will be able to access Dedrone’s proprietary database of drone activity, which is called DroneDNA.
  2. DroneDNA automatically references Remote ID data while identifying any unauthorized or noncompliant drone activity.
  3. If an unauthorized drone is detected, users will be alerted, presumably so they can respond by finding the pilot, clearing the area, etc. (of course, it’s illegal to shoot down drones in the U.S.).

The past year has been a whirlwind for Remote ID standards. Not only did the FAA announce its final rule on Remote ID for drones in December 2020, but the European Commission Regulations on UAS came into effect on Dec. 30, 2020. Those EU regulations set the framework for the safe operation and management of drone traffic and require that many drone operators register their aircraft and incorporate that registration data into the drone’s Remote ID system.

Dedrone is considered an anti-drone detection company — an industry poised for growth in the coming years. Recent research suggests the counter-drone market could be worth $6.6 billion by 2024. Dedrone itself  received $12.1 million in October 2020 in a funding round led by European technology investor TempoCap.


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