As useful and entertaining as drones are, it’s important to recognize the potential risks of the technology. Drones can cause havoc in restricted airspace such as at airports or endanger first responders dealing with emergencies such as wildfires. Historically, it’s often been difficult to track a drone back to its operator, but DJI would like to change that.
Leveraging existing radio hardware, DJI suggests all drones transmit a unique registration number. This unique id could then be cross-referenced by law enforcement to identify operators on as needed basis.
DJI suggests drones should use the radio equipment already on board most systems to transmit a unique registration number. That number would identify the drone owner to law enforcement in the event of a complaint or flight through a restricted area. Areas with restricted drone flight, such as airports, could use radio equipment to read that number and report the ID number to the authorities. Since identifying the drone would require access to a database linking each number with a name, the invisible license plate approach would be less likely to be abused outside of law enforcement, DJI suggests.
Would you be comfortable with your drone transmitting a unique id?