US company to launch drone ID system in Switzerland next year

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Unmanned aircraft traffic management company Anra Technologies is supplying its drone identification system for use in Switzerland next year.

Anra’s SmartSkies DroneID system has been approved by the Swiss Government for use by public safety authorities and the public as part of its nationwide drone identification service.

The system, which can be accessed on any mobile phone or computer browser, enables users to identify drones operating in their vicinity by providing the drone registration number and mission information. Additional operator details are only available to qualified authorities upon request to protect privacy.

SmartSkies DroneID is being deployed as part of a nationwide cloud-based Network Remote Identification (NET-RID) service being implemented by the Swiss U-Space Implementation program, a public-private partnership formed to safely and securely integrate drones into the nation’s airspace. The NET-RID service complies with the ASTM F3411 standard for Remote ID and Tracking, ensuring that that data is secure and only necessary information is shared.

Amit Ganjoo, CEO of Anra Technologies said, “The Network Remote ID service is designed to support transparency while protecting the data of drone operators and customers. We are thrilled to have been able to help address the technology challenges to help gain public trust.”

In addition to NET-RID, Anra is also providing  Discovery and Synchronization Service (DSS), which enables UAS Service Suppliers (USS) to discover with whom they need to share data and ensures USSs have a current and consistent view of shared data for safety-critical information while protecting operator privacy. ANRA is hosting one of the only two DSS instances enabling this nationwide Remote ID service.

Anra is also part of a program in Nevada, USA to develop and test a system for managing unmanned drone traffic for the FAA and is involved in a similar project in the UK.

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