Remote ID as Transformative Technology

[Update 09.13.23] The FAA has extended the deadline six more months (March 16, 2024) giving operators adequate time to source an external Remote ID module. This update comes as pilots have faced issues with sourcing 3rd Party External Modules due to shortages in the supply chain.

BAAM.Tech continues to monitor this guideline. See the statement here.

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Inspired Flight "IF1200A" Remote ID Enabled Drone

What’s the buzz around Remote ID? In this article, we will cover what you need to know when it comes to Remote ID and how you can best position your collection teams with the upcoming FAA deadline going into effect September 23, 2023.


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is moving forward with the September 23, 2023 deadline for Remote ID (RID) implementation. This system enhances safety and aids law enforcement and federal agencies in identifying drones that might be operating in restricted areas or in a manner that raises concerns. Think of RID as a license plate for your drone, letting participating traffic know who and what is flying alongside them in the airways, allowing for better communication and regulatory compliance.

How do I comply to the new rules?

There are three ways that you can comply with the new RID rules:

  1. RID Compliant drones: These are drones that come with RID broadcasting capabilities already built in. Many drones manufactured after RID was announced built this functionality in.
  2. RID broadcasting add-on modules: If you have an existing drone that does not have RID built into it, operators can purchase an add-on module that will allow you to become compliant with RID laws.
  3. FAA recognized Identification area: For drones that are not RID compliant, the FAA has designated specific areas where pilots can still operate without broadcasting RID. However, the chances that your projects fall within one of these areas is very minimal.

If you want to take a deeper dive into the new regulations and understand the specific details, we encourage you to visit the
FAA’s official page on Remote ID.

DJI Matrice 350 RTK flying near a power station
DJI M350 RTK Remote ID Enabled Drone

What about my Drone?

Many manufacturers have been working towards having RID integrated into their airframes directly off the manufacturing floor. If your drone was manufactured within the last 18 months, the chances are you are set for the FAA’s rollout date. In the table linked below, the FAA has listed out airframes that meet compliance with an onboard identifier that will be activated with a software update. However, if you are not seeing your specific model, we suggest you reach out to our Customer Success team to ensure that you are able to safely take to the skies.

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What are my options?

There are two ways to become compliant with RID: 

  • Upgrade existing fleet to new airframes that are RID compliant, or 
  • Add RID hardware to existing airframes. 

When deciding which choice is right for your organization, consider the age of the existing airframes, the cost to upgrade the airframe to a compliant system and the cost to add RID technology to your existing airframes. Drones do have a shelf life and the technology moves quickly, so if your airframes are older than 3 years, you may consider upgrading your fleet.

When it comes to RID add-ons for older airframes, there are a few key players in the market who are creating devices to bring older drones up to compliance. Instead of tossing your trusty workhorse, give us a call and we can help you identify the best solutions for your airframe -or- BAAM.Tech is an authorized dealer for many RID compliant systems. One of our Solutions Architects can help you discover, define, and design the best option for your team.

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Software Updates

While BAAM.Tech does not influence the rollout cadence for software updates, we do have an active eye on the situation and a plan to keep our customers and community informed when their RID software updates hit the airwaves. Manufacturers that have RID technology will most likely activate those services once the requirement is in effect. Make sure to follow BAAM.Tech’s LinkedIn where we will post these updates. If you are having trouble updating your airframe, and it is a supported device listed in the table above, send us a support request and a member of our team will guide you through the software update process.

In Conclusion

Whether you have a supported airframe that just needs a firmware update, an additional module, or you’re ready to upgrade your remote sensing toolbelt – the BAAM.Tech Team has right-sized solutions to fit your needs and keep you in compliance with the approaching September 23, 2023 deadline for Remote ID. Give us a call and let’s create a remarkable solution together.

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