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Marking obligation for drones

18.12.2017
Identification labeling for drones on thin glass is done by Panasonic laser marking systems

Roboterwerk relies on Panasonic for drone identification

More and more drones are flying through the air. In turn, the necessity to stop misuse of drones is increasing. The range of registered incidents of misuse reaches from illegal photos with potential privacy violations up to flights into airspace controlled by airports.

For years, the company Roboterwerk from Obing (county of Traunstein) has been involved in this topic as their core business is driving robots and drone technology. The company emphasizes that in their opinion the marking obligation issued by the German Ministry of Transportation to fight at least retroactively against illegally used multicopters is not expedient. Roboterwerk believe that many of the fire-resistant badges and labels of aluminum prescribed in the drone regulation will hardly be readable after serious incidents. When it comes to vibrations or collisions of drones the risk increases that the lithium batteries will ignite.

Identification and anti-theft protection

Bearing this in mind, Roboterwerk has developed together with other industry partners – among others Panasonic – a new solution for marking drones.
A battery ignition causes temperatures of over 660°C. Due to its melting point, an aluminum badge cannot withstand such high temperatures. In this case, the owner of a drone is no longer identifiable. Consequently, a material had to be found that resists these temperatures. The new solution is a special thin glass. The special glass is marked by a Panasonic Laser Marker with the onwer’s address and remains readable even after a fire incident. It is resistant to temperatures of more than 800°C.

Another issue: At the moment there are no arrangements made to prevent forgery. "Whoever buys a badge, can also enter wrong data", says Moritz Aßmus, spokesman of Roboterwerk. An additional micro-marking of the identifier with confirmed owner data could lead to a forgery-proof procedure.

Laser marking on thin glass

The identification labeling on thin glass is done by Panasonic laser marking systems. The Panasonic Laser Markers enable an exact and permanent labeling of all important information on plates of thin glass.

The high-contrast black marking is highly durable against abrasion, effects of weather, temperatures (> 1000°C), solvents or other chemicals.

With the special thin glass and our laser marking systems nothing should prevent a correct identification of the owner and the protection against drone abuse.