uAvionix, a growing avionics leader in aerial mobility, has patented its Direct-Broadcast Remote Identification (RID) technology for unmanned aircraft systems under U.S. Patent 10,733,894. The firm has been working to build a comprehensive suite of communications, navigation, and surveillance avionics for a variety of industry applications for drones all the way through fully-manned general aviation vehicles.

“This patent is a reflection of uAvionix’s early thought leadership in the area of UAS surveillance and tracking,” said Christian Ramsey, President of uAvionix. “The rules proposed under the FAA’s remote identification NPRM validate that leadership. We’re proud to be a part of building the foundational elements for the aviation networks of the future.”

uAvinoix envisions this technology will be used along with its developing Command and Control (C2) and Detect & Avoid (DAA) technologies. Combined, the technology promises to enable safe and secure unmanned aerial system operation over people and beyond direct line of sight.

Remote Identification (RID) provides direct air-to-air transmission of UAS identification without the need for other infrastructure such as cellular towers, satellites, or internet connectivity. It is commonly referred to as a “digital license plate” which will protect operator’s anonymity while providing accountability to regulatory agencies across the globe.

Patent filings for uAvionix's Remote ID technology show its potential implementation in service.

Patent filings for uAvionix’s Remote ID technology show its potential implementation in service.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to publish final regulations pertaining to RID standards by the end of the year. In its draft Notice of Public Rulemaking (NPRM), the FAA will require RID capability for any UAS operating beyond 400 feet from a given control station.

Why it matters: New regulations will generate a large market for uAvionix’s RID solutions for UAS operators. In combination with C2 and DAA technologies, uAvionix is quickly laying the building blocks in the creation of a comprehensive aerial mobility avionics ecosystem. While early applications will be for smaller UAS devices, these technologies can will eventually provide for the safe and reliable operation of passenger-carrying eVTOL platforms.

Posted by Ross Piscoran

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