'LightCense' is a new project that aims to bring accountability to the skies though the use of license plate-tracking drones. In recent years, the rising popularity of drones has led to a number of unfortunate accidents and minor injuries. In order to keep drone operators accountable, this project aims to assign a visual ID to each device.
The goal of LightCense is to create a system that makes it easier to identify drone operators if a problem occurs. The system works through the use of unique drone signatures that are visible from a distance. Observers can then use a smartphone app to record a drone and pull up its information. The app uses a combination of GPS, telemetry and a transponder to allow for long-range detection.
While the project is still in the early stages of testing, the notion of license plate-tracking drones offers a unique way to bring accountability to the skies.