Bringing Non-Cooperative Drone Traffic into UTM Solutions
The drone industry and regulators agree that remote identification, once implemented, will be a key enabler of greater airspace integration — but not the full solution. In addition to terrain, localized weather information and other datasets, providers of unmanned traffic management (UTM) services are working to seamlessly include non-cooperative drone traffic in their airspace awareness picture.
To accomplish that, UTM providers are increasingly working with a variety of partners to leverage radars, radio-frequency (RF) sensors and other technologies that add pieces to the puzzle.
Monitoring non-cooperative drone traffic is much more difficult than tracking cooperative drones, and a challenge that military, airport and other critical infrastructure customers have yet to determine best practices for.
Hundreds of drone security solutions are on the market or in development, relying primarily on RF and/or radar as well as acoustic and electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors to discover drones. Most are far more effective in a deserted environment than crowded, signal-dense cities; similar to safe drone operations.
This is the most difficult challenge.