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AirMap and DigiCert develop new digital identity certificate for drones

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DigiCert and US-based drone airspace management company AirMap have collectively developed the first instant authentication system to identity a drone via a digital certificate.

Known as Drone ID, the authentication system is a secure sockets layer/ transport layer security (SSL/TLS) certificate issued by AirMap and DigiCert.

Operators who register their drone online will receive a digital certificate with a validated aircraft identity number, which can be loaded onto the drone and shared with others operating in the area.

To be available by the first quarter of next year, Drone ID aims to enable millions of drones to safely and efficiently share airspace.

AirMap chief information security officer Jared Ablon said: “Think of Drone ID like any form of identification you have in your wallet.

“If you show your driver’s licence 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.”

Drone ID also facilitates efficient and secure communication between drones, and with platforms providing airspace information and services.

Drone ID-equipped aircraft do not require a third party to verify their identities.

AirMap currently provides low-altitude navigational data and communication tools to the drone industry.

DigiCert offers certificate issuance and management for various organisations working in healthcare, technology, industrial operations, finance, manufacturing, education, transportation, telecommunications and government sector.

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