The FAA now requires drone owners to register any device weighing more than 250 g.In that case,drones currently in the field, enforcing this new law might be problematic, as it relies on the honor system to some extent. But for new devices, there is an easy enforcement method. We can use low cost NFC technology to easily enforce compliance.
How it works?
Manufacturers could install a reader within the drone housing. You can make this step straightforward by any companies providing reference designs for drop-into-place design ease.After registration,consumers could receive an official government-issued registration certificate that comprises an encrypted NFC tag in adhesive label form.
Upon adhesion to the drone housing, the drone controlled electronics would wirelessly read the certificate. If valid, the drone microcontroller enables functionality;
If not, the drone will not be powered up.
Electronic registration provides more than just ease to government regulatory bodies, it also benefits regulation of that drone to ensure the safety of all citizens.
Upon application of the registration certificate sticker, the NFC chip inside the sticker could convey identification information to the drone microcontroller,
such as the registration number, model number of the drone, and its zoning classification. Because this information would now be housed with the drone,
drone manufacturers could chose to broadcast some certain details, such as the classification information, via appropriate long-range wireless communication while in flight.
If the drone flew within restricted airspace (near airports, sensitive government sites, large public events, etc.), flight controllers could obtain the classification information
from the drone and thereby verify its authority to travel within a particular space, in order to help prevent potential accident.