Current air traffic management must adapt with the growing needs of drones—the FAA predicts 7 million drones will be in the US airspace by 2020. UTM is still being developed, but can be imagined as a set of services that create a safe and trusted framework for drones to operate in. Unlike traditional air traffic management, UTM will be completely digital and mostly autonomous.
Drones are already being used for societal benefit, like Drones For Good’s campaign to prevent poaching in Africa. Massive players like Uber, Amazon, and Google are furthering initiatives that presuppose skylines full of drones. One major obstacle to that reality is a secure and trusted UTM. The U.S. has millions of unregistered, anonymously flown, and non-identifiable unmanned aircraft in its airspace—this will have to change before wide-scale drone usage can transform medicine, business, and society.
“When considering solutions to Remote ID, it’s natural to look to the physical world for analogous systems that might be applicable to this new domain. However, looking to the physical world is not always helpful, as the digital world exhibits different constraints and requirements; solutions that may be “secure” in the physical world often fail in the digital world.”Download Our UTM Whitepaper
WISDM comes in two forms: either as a physical product that attaches to the drone or a protocol that is part of the drone’s software. WISDM provides trust and authentication of drones to any UTM system from end-to-end. Both versions can either stand alone or integrate into: a centralized authority, already existing flight management system, or a set of federated UAS Service Suppliers (USS).
Comprised of nodes and modules, WISDM as a product is lightweight, easy to deploy, and truly secure. The module attaches to the drone, broadcasting the drone’s flight information and unique identifier. That identifier is authenticated by a node, which can range in size from a fixed-position antenna to a mobile phone.
As a stand-alone remote ID protocol, WISDM directly integrates into the drone’s software. WISDM uses industry-leading cryptographic engineering to ensure identities cannot be invented, forged, or modified. The same end-to-end authenticating process occurs without the physical attachments of modules.