Will a Comprehensive Framework Enable Safer Drones?

In order to protect against security threats posed by unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to public safety and homeland security, a new whitepaper from WhiteFox, Enabling the Good While Preventing the Bad: How Security Enables the Drone Industry, argues the need for a comprehensive counter-UAS legislative framework.

In the whitepaper, the San Luis Obispo, Calif.-based drone security company outlines recommendations for such a framework, along with a path forward for both industry and government to integrate UAS into the National Airspace. Critical integration recommendations include means of remote identification, traffic-management systems, counter-UAS systems that enhance safety and enable operations, critical infrastructure facilities to prohibit unauthorized UAS flights, performance-based regulations, and the regulatory role of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), according to a recent press release.  

“Today, public safety agencies, educational institutions and organizations utilize UAS for everything from disaster relief efforts to inspecting critical infrastructure to precision agriculture—and everything in between. However, recent unauthorized UAS incursions raise questions and create policy challenges,” said Luke Fox, founder and CEO of WhiteFox. “To enable expanded commercial UAS operations in the U.S., government and UAS industry stakeholders must develop a sound strategy for working together to find a way to integrate UAS safely into the airspace.”

The whitepaper also proposes what should be included in that strategy, stating that a comprehensive counter-UAS legislative framework should aim to expand counter-UAS authority to certain state and local law enforcement agencies. Additionally, the framework should establish criteria for evaluating counter-UAS systems while avoiding interference with authorized UAS operations. Those persons engaged in counter-UAS activity should undergo mandatory training, the whitepaper also argues.

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