Remote Identification or in short Remote ID, adds “beacon” capability to drones where it broadcasts basic information of airborne drones, such as current position, purpose and operator. Basically, it is a wireless number plate for drones! The EU and USA are planning new rules that make Remote ID mandatory for drones over 250 grams weight. Technically Remote ID is called Direct Remote ID (DRI) in the EU and Broadcast Remote ID in the USA. The beacon information can be used by general public, law enforcement and drones to give better situation awareness of the airspace around them.
Remote ID products for drones
We offer (direct/broadcast) Remote ID transponders and receivers. DroneBeacon is an add-on (transponder) for drones which broadcasts Remote ID beacon signals. We also provide a MAVLink/DroneCAN version for direct integration into a drone. DroneScout is a professional receiver that detects Remote ID signals of nearby drones up to several km distance.
Remote ID is a technology that transmits key data – such as operator, target and current position – of a flying drone via Bluetooth or WiFi beacons. Consumers can receive this information through an app on their smartphone. In addition, this information is interesting for enforcement, airports, but also for other drones to gain better insight into the local airspace. In Europe, Remote ID is defined in standard DIN EN 4709-002.
A flight radar for drones can be built with the DroneScout receiver. The product is therefore comparable to the Chinese DJI Aeroscope system, which was recently negatively in the news because of the war in Ukraine. Since 2017, DJI drones have been broadcasting a proprietary beacon with the same kind of information. These signals can only be received by the DJI Aeroscope system. DroneScout offers several advantages: cheaper, can receive all brands of drones with Remote ID and uses international standards.