TII joins Dronecode Foundation to enhance the security and resilience of unmanned aerial vehicles

By August 19, 2021August 22nd, 2021Announcements

Technology Innovation Institute (TII) is now working directly with our members in the security space, bringing to the forefront their efforts and experience over the years in drone technology.

TII was established in November 2020, and is the applied research pillar of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC). The global research institute works at the intersection of breakthrough technologies to find solutions to the world’s greatest challenges through partnering with top talent from around the world and collaborating with leading academic and scientific institutions.

Comprising seven initial dedicated research centres – Quantum, Autonomous Robotics, Cryptography, Advanced Materials, Digital Security, Directed Energy, and Secure Systems, TII is well equipped to help advance open source community goals.

The Secure Systems Research Centre (SSRC) is focused on enhancing the security and resilience of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems, and helps lead the Security SIG together with Auterion, in working on Cryptography, Memory Protection, and carrying out Code Analysis on the PX4 Autopilot.

“Unsecure drone systems may pose threats to our privacy, to cybersecurity, and to our physical safety. We want to be involved in making the current drone platforms better, more secure, and resilient for the safe use of hobbyists, commercial and governmental authorities,” said H.E. Faisal Al Bannai, Secretary General of ATRC “At TII’s Secure Systems Research Centre (SSRC), we pursue research that is building a more secure tomorrow and helping the global community realise the true potential of the 21st century. We look forward to working closely with the Dronecode Foundation to significantly enhance the resilience and security of drone systems.” 

said H.E. Faisal Al Bannai, Secretary General of ATRC

TII’s Secure Systems Research Centre is also participating in the Hardware Work Group, helping to advance the newly released Pixhawk open standards.

“As part of our endeavour to shape a global centre of excellence in the development of end-to-end security and resilience for cyber-physical and autonomous systems, SSRC is committed to the success of PX4 and Pixhawk open source as they will enable the pervasive use of drones,” said Dr Shreekant (Ticky) Thakkar, Chief Researcher at SSRC. “In keeping with SSRC’s focus areas across platforms, software, and data integrity, we prioritise the secure fleet management of drones. As Dronecode is setting standards in the drone industry, TII is pleased to collaborate with this foundation.”

said Dr Shreekant (Ticky) Thakkar, Chief Researcher at SSRC.

The Dronecode Foundation is thrilled to welcome TII to our growing community of partner organisations as a Silver member, working closely with its top scientists and community contributors on our Work Groups and Special Interest Groups.

About TII

The Technology Innovation Institute (TII) aims to become a leading global research centre dedicated to pushing the frontiers of knowledge. Our teams of scientists, researchers, and engineers work in an open, flexible, and agile environment to deliver discovery science and transformative technologies. Our efforts ensure that we are not merely preparing for the future, we are working to create it. We are committed to inspiring innovation for a better tomorrow. 

Ramón Roche

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Ramon is the Dronecode Program Manager, you can read more about him on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/ramon-roche/

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