AirMap, DigiCert introduce drone ID certificates

AirMap has partnered with DigiCert to introduce Drone ID, which will enable instant authentication of an unmanned aircraft´s identity via a digital certificate, the company said.

The company said it is a step forward for drone security that lays the groundwork for trusted communication and data exchange. ID certification is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2017.

Drone ID is an SSL/TLS certificate issued by AirMap and DigiCert. Drone operators who register their drone online will receive a digital Drone ID certificate, including a validated aircraft identity number that can be loaded onto the drone and shared with others in the drone ecosystem. Drone ID will first be available for drones built with the Intel Aero platform for developers, including the Intel Aero ready to fly drone.

Drone ID will be certified by AirMap and DigiCert, a security solutions provider that provides scalable identity, authentication and encryption for web servers and other connected devices. DigiCert provides high-volume certificate issuance and management for leading organizations in healthcare, technology, industrial operations, finance, manufacturing, education, transportation, telecommunications and government.

AirMap is an airspace management platform for unmanned aircraft. AirMap delivers low-altitude navigational data and communication tools to the drone industry: inventors of drones & drone technology, drone operators and airspace stakeholders.

DigiCert is a provider of scalable security solutions that offer identity, authentication and encryption for web servers and IoT devices.