ANRA Technologies, a leader in integrated airspace, mission management and delivery systems for uncrewed aircraft, today announced it has won a contract to demonstrate the ability to collect, aggregate and retransmit Broadcast Remote ID (B-RID) messages. ANRA will convert these B-RID messages to Network Remote ID (N-RID) messages that can be shared in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Service Supplier (USS) Network. This FAA-funded project will test and validate advanced air traffic management functions for UAS to safely operate in conformance with the FAA Remote Identification Final Rule requiring remote identification of uncrewed aircraft in the United States airspace.  

However, for widespread and scalable UAS Traffic Management (UTM) deployment, USS will need the ability to track their drones and other air traffic (both crewed and uncrewed) across long distances to manage operations and prevent collisions. This project will demonstrate a remote identification solution composed of B-RID transmitters and field networked RID receivers to communicate broadcasted messages amongst a federated and integrated UTM network.

In partnership with Nevada Autonomous, Nevada’s designated Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site managed by the University of Nevada, Reno, and uAvionix, ANRA will deploy B-RID equipped drones and field ground-based N-RID receivers to demonstrate the ability to collect, aggregate and re-transmit B-RID data converted to N-RID data that can be shared in the USS Network. The network will then process these messages, notionally termed B+N RID messages, to make them discoverable within the federated USS network.

Key objectives of this project include:

  • Determining methods for combining the B-RID messages with N-RID messages using cloud-based software applications and purpose-built B-RID Nodes deployed in the localized area.
  • Demonstrating new use cases for public safety, law enforcement, and crewed aircraft entities enabled through aggregated RID data that can be shared on the USS network.
  • Exploring crewed aircraft operator utilization of B-RID messages for increased situational awareness in the National Airspace (NAS).
  • Support the direct receipt of B-RID on a smartphone application without needing a network as a fundamental capability.

The outcomes of this project will be foundational to enabling more advanced UTM functions. With B-RID information in the cloud, new use cases will emerge to support historical, real-time and predictive uses from commercial UAS operators, USS, public safety and law enforcement stakeholders.