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Skyguide, AirMap, Wing, and other UTM Service Providers unveil ASTM Standard Network Remote ID readiness in live demonstrations in Switzerland

On September 16, in Bern, Switzerland, a live demonstration organized in partnership with the Swiss U-Space Implementation (SUSI) team, a collaborative effort between the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), skyguide, the Swiss Air Navigation Service Provider, and a group of industry stakeholders took place.

Skyguide, in partnership with AirMap, ANRA Technologies, Involi, Orbitalize and Wing, demonstrated several remote ID use cases, involving multiple drone operations and observers including Swiss federal and local law enforcement agencies, to show how drone operations can be identified by the authorities, if needed, while still protecting the operator’s right to privacy.

 

The ASTM remote ID standard is the result of a consensus among 35 regulatory and industry organizations to provide a flexible and scalable way to remote identify drones while protecting operator privacy. The ASTM Discovery and Synchronization Service (DSS) enables USSs or USPs to share information only when necessary and ensures interoperability between all participants for both network and broadcast methods. Under the ASTM DSS standard, USSs or USPs make data available only when a display user makes a request, and the display user only receives the data for the specific, size-limited area of the request. Limiting the area makes it difficult for third parties to broadly aggregate operator information or derive information about drone operators’ customers.

 

Remote ID is essential to the advancement of the drone industry because it allows for safety, accountability, and transparency for all stakeholders. This week’s demonstrations showed that ASTM network remote ID works and is available today to the drone industry with minimal government infrastructure investment.