Drone Owner Registration Should Be Made Compulsary, says House of Lords Committee
With the aim to build a set of safety rules for UAVs, a House of Lords committee wants drone owners in the UK to register themselves. The demand for signing up to a register is part of a series of similar proposals outlined in an investigation regarding the secure use of drones.
The aforesaid proposal for guided usage of drones would initially hold the records only for commercial users. Later, however, individual consumers will also be given reach to this register. The register will serve as a database through which authorities will be able to trace and monitor the flights. Additionally, the public will be given access to the register via a smartphone app.
The House of Lords EU Internal Market consulted with the experts on the course of investigation, who suggested the inclusion of an identity chip, which may contain necessary details about the owner, at the time of selling a drone.
Further, the committee says that geo-fencing should be brought in use to keep the drone flights and take-offs away from the sensitive locations such as prisons, airports, and military bases. Last month, NoFlyZone started an initiative of people’s security from the danger which is posed when drones fly over the living places. The company’s efforts were warmly welcomed by number of hardware and software firms including EHANG, Horizon Hobby, DroneDeploy, YUNEEC, HEXO, PixiePath and RCFLYMaps.
Coming back to the House of Lords Proposals, the committee argues about revamping the role of police in the safety and protection matters. The House of Lords proposal demands that the police ought to receive explicit guidance on current safety regulations.
In addition to the issuance of clearer guidelines to the police, the committee observes, a Kitemark should be established. Kitemark is the facility which will allow police in identifying the drones which have been determined as safe to use.
The research and descriptive report by the committee is unlikely to be translated into law, but with the pervasive interest of the big tech companies like Facebook and Amazon in the drone technology, the UK’s House of Lords may feel the need for more legislation after this year’s general election.
Abubaker Zahoor writes on diverse topics with special interest in innovations, tech-ethics, and inter-and intra- organizational business relationships.