Blockchain Solution in Response to New Drone Regulations

Blockchain Solution in Response to New Drone Regulations

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A new identity blockchain solution helps secure drones. Commercial drones are being used across various industries to help companies save money, improve safety, and enhance the efficiency of their operations.

Public safety, security, defense, and inspection professionals comprise a growing market share of drone users who demand the highest levels of privacy, encryption and security for their flights.  Drones have many useful applications but can also be used to intentionally cause harm. Additionally, drones themselves can be subject to unlawful interference.

New regulations by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the U.S., for the first time allow commercial drones used for deliveries and services to fly overpopulated areas.  These rules include strict requirements for tracking these drones to address safety and FAA security concerns.

As per these new safety rules, all but the smallest drones will have to broadcast a radio signal with a digital license plate and a flight location. Additionally, starting in 2022, the FAA’s Remote ID requirement will necessitate every drone sold in the U.S. that weighs more than 0.55 pounds to come with a way to broadcast its location and identification to local authorities or a digital license plate for drones.

A new identity blockchain technology integrates advanced digital security solutions into drones. The digital security technology developed by WISeKey International Holding is integrated from inflight control systems down to infrastructure and designed to help drone manufacturers further guarantee the security of their drone flights and recorded data for professional users.

WISeKey’s VaultIC4xx series of secure elements, secure hardware-based cryptography modules and middleware, offers reliable solutions to secure and prove the drone’s digital identity, and at the same time protect data and firmware against compromise when stored in the drone or in transit. This guarantees a secure connection between the controller and the drone. 

The secure elements are certified by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).