EL PASO, TX – The city of El Paso became the first city in the United States to implement a fully networked Remote ID system to detect drones flying in and out of the 500-mile radius of El Paso International Airport’s airspace.
The El Paso City Council informed that this measure will serve as a model for other cities in the country and will improve public safety, as well as support commercial drone operations and the protection of the privacy of their pilots.
The implementation of the system comes months ahead of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mandate, which requires the issuance of remote IDs by September 16, 2023.
“El Paso’s achievement in implementing the first fully networked Remote ID system, which goes above and beyond the FAA’s broadcast ID requirements, is a testament to our city’s dedication to embracing technology and innovation,” said El Paso Aviation Director Sam Rodriguez.
The fully networked Remote ID system is a cutting-edge drone identification and tracking technology designed to provide real-time information about aircraft operating within a specific airspace.
Public benefits of the system include improving public safety by providing real-time information on drone flights to prevent unauthorized operations and reduce the risk of accidents in airspace.
It also provides support for commercial drone operations, including package delivery, infrastructure inspection and emergency response services. While it will also provide privacy protection, adhering to strict privacy guidelines, to protect the personal information of drone operators.