New System Provides Instant Authentication of a Drone’s Identity

Through a partnership with DigiCert, AirMap has rolled out Drone ID: technology that will enable instant authentication of an unmanned aircraft system’s (UAS) identity via a digital certificate.

According to AirMap, the first-of-its-kind system is a major step forward for drone security; it lays the groundwork for a future in which millions of drones can share the same airspace safely and efficiently.

Drone ID is a publicly trusted SSL/TLS certificate issued by AirMap and DigiCert. UAS operators that register their drone online will receive a digital Drone ID certificate, including a unique, validated aircraft identity number that can be loaded onto the drone and shared with others in the drone ecosystem.

“Think of Drone ID like any form of identification you have in your wallet,” explains Jared Ablon, AirMap’s chief information security officer. “If you show your driver’s license at airport security, they don’t need to call the DMV to verify. Drone ID works the same way, providing drones with an aircraft identity that has been authenticated by trusted authorities.”

AirMap expects the system to be available in the first quarter of 2017. Drone ID will first be available for drones built with the Intel Aero platform for developers, including the Intel Aero ready-to-fly drone.

“The growing number of connected devices in our world requires scalable security solutions that use identity, strong authentication and encryption,” says DigiCert’s chief technology officer, Dan Timpson. “Our work with AirMap is advancing secure drone operations and aircraft safety into a new era and is part of our focus across all industries to serve the security needs of new and emerging markets, including the Internet of Things.”

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