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AirMap, a world leader in airspace management for unmanned aircraft, recently announced a partnership with DigiCert that will enable, for the first time, instant authentication of an unmanned aircraft’s identity via a digital certificate, the agreement is named ID.
ID intends to present a major step forward for security, laying the groundwork for a future in which millions of drones can share the airspace safely and efficiently. According to DigiCert’s site, operators that register their online will receive a certificate, including a unique, validated aircraft identity number that can be loaded onto the and shared.
“Think of ID like any form of identification you have in your wallet,” AirMap Chief Information Security Officer Jared Ablon said. “If you show your driver’s license at airport security, they don’t need to call the DMV to verify. ID works the same way, providing drones with an aircraft identity that has been authenticated by trusted authorities”.
ID is the first program of its kind, and a necessary step towards achieving efficient and secure communication from to , between drones and other aircraft, and with platforms providing airspace information and services. When an aircraft with ID shares its identity, there is no need to query a third party to verify, enabling more efficient data exchange between airspace stakeholders.
ID will be certified by AirMap and DigiCert, a security solutions provider that provides scalable identity, authentication and encryption for web servers and other connected devices. DigiCert provides high-volume certificate issuance and management for leading organizations in healthcare, technology, industrial operations, finance, manufacturing, education, transportation, telecommunications and government.
“AirMap’s partnership with DigiCert brings a new level of security to the ecosystem,” AirMap CTO Daniel Rubio said. “Identity verification – delivered by ID – is a critical part of the airspace infrastructure that will support operations at scale and bring countless benefits to our everyday lives.”
“The growing number of connected devices in our world requires scalable security solutions that use identity, strong authentication and encryption,” said DigiCert CTO Dan Timpson. “Our work with AirMap is advancing secure 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.”