Emirates News Agency – TII Secure Systems Research Center joins Linux Foundation Dronecode
ABU DHABI, May 31, 2021 (WAM) – Technology Innovation Institute (TII), the applied research pillar of the Abu Dhabi Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), today announced its membership of Dronecode, a US-based non-profit organization. by Linux Foundation, to promote the use of open source software on flying vehicles.
TII has gained membership in the global organization through its Secure Systems Research Center (SSRC).
One of the first seven dedicated TII research centers, SSRC, joins Dronecode to improve the safety and resiliency of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems.
Working closely with the Dronecode organization, starting with the new Security SIG (Special Interest Group), the SSRC aims to develop and share security and resilience capabilities for the world’s leading open drone platform. The first practical software areas that the SSRC will need to work on in Dronecode will be cryptography, memory protection, and code analysis.
Faisal Al Bannai, Secretary General of ATRC, said: “Unsecured drone systems can threaten our privacy, cybersecurity and our physical security. We want to be involved in improving current drone platforms, safer and more resilient for security use by amateurs, commercial and government authorities. “
“At TII’s Secure Systems Research Center (SSRC), we pursue research that builds a more secure future and helps the global community realize the true potential of the 21st century. We look forward to working closely with the Dronecode Foundation to strengthen the resilience and security of drone systems, ”he added.
Part of Dronecode, Pixhawk is the autopilot (flight controllers) hardware attached to a drone. It can be purchased and modified or have built-in security.
The Pixhawk project has hundreds of global contributors and is used by some of the world’s most innovative companies in various drone applications.
The project is also the benchmark hardware platform for the PX4 software, which is open source flight control software used to fly drones and other drones. According to Dronecode, PX4 is used in a wide range of use cases, from consumer drones to industrial applications. It is also the main research platform for drones and has been successfully applied to underwater vehicles and boats. The project provides drone developers with tools to share technologies to create tailor-made solutions for drone applications.
SSRC chief researcher Dr Shreekant (Ticky) Thakkar said the Center is joining Dronecode to help keep Pixhawk and its PX4 software secure and resilient.
“At SSRC, we are building a global center of excellence in developing end-to-end security and resiliency for cyber-physical and autonomous systems, and we are committed to ensuring the success of open source PX4 and Pixhawk because it will enable the ubiquitous use of drones, ”said Dr Thakkar.
“Given the SSRC’s priorities on platforms, software, and data integrity, we prioritize the secure management of the drone fleet. While Dronecode sets standards in the drone industry, c it is a great pleasure for TII to join this foundation. “
TII – which has seven initial research centers dedicated to secure systems, cryptography, autonomous robotics, quantum, advanced materials, digital security and directed energy – joins distinguished members of the Dronecode Foundation, including software giant Microsoft Corp; software vendors such as Auterion AG; Sentera Inc .; AirMap Inc .; DroneDeploy; and 3DR as well as chipmaker NXP Semiconductors; Drotek Electronics, which provides electronic design and manufacturing services; and UVify, a drone maker for Fortune 500 companies.