WISDM

Trusted identification for drones.

What is universal traffic management (UTM)?

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.

Why is it important?

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.

What is secure remote ID?

UTM faces many obstacles before drones can be fully integrated into the national airspace. Any successful system will create trust and accountability in the drone ecosystem. Secure remote ID accomplishes just that: by authenticating the identity of each individual drone and its operator.

Security

Impersonating a digital identity is easier than stealing a physical one. Learn why secure remote ID is a necessary component for a trusted UTM system.

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Privacy

What rights do drone operators have over their data? See how WISDM unites the privacy of the drone operator with the safety of the community.

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Usability

Security is only effective if it’s adopted. Find out how WISDM is designed to be usable for operators, law enforcement, and manufacturers.

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Thought Leader

“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.”

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Dr. Zachary Peterson

Head of Autonomous Vehicle Security

How will secure remote ID affect you?

If you have a package being delivered by a drone, it’s imperative your privacy and property is safe. Similarly, when drones fly over your neighborhood, you need to trust the intent isn’t malicious. As with any new technology, drones have the potential to be used dangerously. With WISDM, both the owner of the drone and the society it operates in can be confident they’re safe. In a system that doesn’t prioritize security, we’re unable to trust what flies above.

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How is WISDM used?

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).

Product

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.

Protocol

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.

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