SUSI members, under the coordination of the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), have implemented a voluntary Network Remote Identification (NET-RID) service that enables information sharing about drone operations via the internet. The NET-RID service complies with the ASTM F3411 standard, which ensures that only necessary information is shared. For example, public safety, law enforcement officials and the public can see drone operators’ registration numbers and information related to the flight. Operators’ details are only shared by FOCA with authorised entities upon request. This protects operator privacy while also reassuring the public that nearby Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations are safe and compliant.
NET-RID, which enables information sharing about drone operations via the internet, is one of the U-Space (otherwise known as UAS Traffic Management, or UTM) services listed in the EASA U-Space Opinion. The Opinion aims to create and harmonise the necessary conditions for manned and unmanned aircraft to operate safely in low-altitude airspace, prevent collisions between aircraft, and mitigate air and ground risks. The NET-RID service being developed and implemented in Switzerland is based on the ASTM F3411 standard.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR PARTICIPANTS
After demonstrating the ASTM standard in September 2019, SUSI members decided to move to the implementation phase in anticipation of the legal requirement for operators to use the remote identification service. The U-Space regulation that is currently being written includes a mandatory NET-RID service. This implementation phase will fill the gaps in the standard (legal agreements and test plans had to be developed), to gain operational experience in the implementation of the standard, and to develop a blueprint for approval of future U-Space services. Above all, it will test the impact of the service on public acceptance of drones and operators’ voluntary compliance. NET-RID offers another level of security, transparency and reassurance that recreational and commercial drone operators are flying in a manner that is compliant with regulations. FOCA will gather feedback from stakeholders on the implementation and use of the service through a form.
Your opinions and comments on the use of the NET-RID service are important:
DO YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE AS AN OPERATOR?
The participation of operators is essential for the successful implementation of the core service of U-Space. Your feedback, based on your needs and experience of the service, will enable us to build the future of NET-RID foreseen in the future European U-Space regulation. NET-RID offers another level of security, transparency and reassurance that recreational and commercial drone operators are flying in a manner that is compliant with regulations. This will therefore increase drones’ social acceptance.
How do I participate?
Initially, and during the soft launch, you will need to enrol in the test registry on the SUSI website. You will receive a test identification number, which will be your identifier for the NET-RID.
Please note that the test registry and the test identification number provided to you will be effective only during the soft launch period. Once the official FOCA registry has been established, only that registry will be valid.
You then will need to access the NET-RID by connecting to a NET-RID service provider with your test identification number. The list of service providers, their websites and manuals can be found below
Take part in NET-RID:
DO YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE AS AN END-USER?
End-users will be able to access the operator’s flight information in real time. The system is not intended to be a tracking service as the standard provides for a data storage time of sixty seconds. This service will, for example, enable the airfield manager to see in real time the drone operations that they have authorised on their 5km perimeter of the airfield. It will also help law enforcement agencies to ensure that drone operators comply with legal requirements and the public to find information about the ongoing operation of flights in their area.
How do I participate?
You will need to access an app or a website provided by an Application Provider. You can find a list of all Application Providers. below. Once logged in you will be able to view the current operations of operators using the NET-RID service.