DJI announces Remote ID: an app to find out about any drone overhead
DJI has announced a new initiative called Remote ID, by which any smartphone user on the ground will become able to identify any drone they see in the sky above them. It will involve an app that shows the identity (via a number or other unique code) of a given device, as well as other information such as its exact location in the sky and current trajectory. It will also tell the user where the pilot in question is.
Essentially, it may act as a virtual license plate for any drone monitored using the software. Remote ID uses Wi-Fi to connect the vehicle in question with a smartphone on the ground, so that any conventional device can use it. Its maker says it has gone for this form of connectivity rather than something else such as mobile data in order to avoid charges or bills from extra data plans for drone pilots.
DJI has developed this Remote ID in order to remain compliant with official requirements governing personal drone use, such as those handed down by the FAA. In addition, the OEM believes that it will "enhance safety, security and peace of mind" in non-pilots on the ground.