KittyHawk published an awesome article discussing the 2019 Predictions for Remote ID. 2018 was an exciting year for the commercial drone industry. There were some unexpected positive developments – like a full five year FAA Reauthorization with explicit and specific mandates to further progress on commercial drone use and integration – accompanied by frustratingly slow progress in areas like Remote ID and routine advanced operations.
Remote ID will be one of the hottest topics in commercial drones in 2019 because it is the key to unlocking advanced, higher-ROI operations and increasing public support of commercial drone operations at scale. 2019 will be exciting in part because we see Remote ID finally becoming a reality.
The concept of Remote ID is a system to locate and identify the operator of a drone while it is airborne – essentially a digital drone license plate. Customers and partners from a broad spectrum of industries and sectors are driving demand for this critical technology with high impact use cases and compliance needs being the primary drivers.
With this in mind, we want to make some predictions on where progress will be made and why Remote ID is so exciting for the commercial drone industry.
You will see the FAA mostly complete their rulemaking process on Remote ID, which would describe how to implement systems for the remote identification of UAS operating in the national airspace.
Part of this rulemaking by the FAA will be that it will require all drones operating commercially (and nearly every hobbyist) to be equipped with some minimum form of Remote ID capability. The reason we will see progress on Remote ID in 2019 is because law enforcement concerns about more routine commercial drone operations are addressed by requiring near-universal Remote ID.
It seems that all the main stakeholders (the FAA, commercial operators, law enforcement, and the general public) understand that Remote ID is the key to safely allow more advanced operations and drone use to reach critical mass.
You will see fully developed, implementable technology standards that industry will adopt in increasingly large numbers.
While standards development is not the most exciting area of policy, no list of predictions would be complete without acknowledging the significant work of standards organizations like ISO and ASTM in 2018. After a lot of progress this year, both groups should be releasing fully-developed standards for UAS operations including Remote ID in 2019. This is exciting because it is easier to build features and products, and reach critical mass adoption with standards behind you.
You will see Remote ID solutions become standard security measures – deployed at major events and in sensitive areas to track and identify potential security threats.
More widespread use of Remote ID will also force us to have conversations about its effects on law enforcement, privacy concerns about intrusiveness and tracking, and the role of state/local government in drones. At major events, you will see on-site security using systems that provide real-time awareness, identification, and tracking of drones in the area. Continue reading more predictions here.