May 30, 2022

RIIS wins the NIST UAS Triple Challenge

RIIS wins the NIST UAS Triple Challenge

RIIS has won the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Shields Up! Securing Public Safety UAS Navigation and Control Challenge.

Troy, Michigan – Monday, May 30, 2022: RIIS, LLC announced today that it has won the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Shields Up! Securing Public Safety UAS Navigation and Control Challenge. Specifically, the company emerged victorious in the Shields Up Challenge, the third stage of the prize competition that requires ingenuity and cybersecurity skills to solve threats and vulnerabilities associated with Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The Challenge identifies skill, ingenuity, expertise and innovation to improve security on UAS control channels and navigation functions.

“Winning the Shields Up Challenge is really a momentous occasion for me, as well as everyone on the team at RIIS and CNA,” said Godfrey Nolan, President of RIIS, LLC. “Our drone security solution is the culmination of a lot of hard work. We are certainly overjoyed to be named as winners, but we are also proud to be able to contribute to the safety of our nation’s first responders.”

The Shields Up Challenge explores and advances the cybersecurity of UAS technology to support first responders in their missions. The use of UAS expands public safety’s ability to gather critical data from video, cameras, sensors or peripherals, and allows them to obtain this information more quickly and efficiently than deploying boots-on-the-ground.

As UAS technology becomes more prevalent in the public safety sector, it has become critical to protect these assets from disruptions in navigation and control. In response, RIIS, LLC provides custom software solutions to the drone industry, including enterprise-level features to solve a host of high-level challenges for customers throughout the United States.

Contestants in the Shields Up Challenge were required to frame their threats and countermeasures concerning the disruption and preservation of UAS navigation and control to prevent mission failure:

  • UAS Navigation – The ability of the UAS to successfully move between two points within 3D (three dimensional) airspace.

  • UAS Control – The ability for a pilot-controlled UAS to successfully maintain flight control within a 3D airspace.

For more information about NIST and the Securing Public Safety UAS Navigation and Control Challenge visit

About RIIS

RIIS is a custom IT solutions provider focused on delivering mobile apps, web development and professional services to the drone industry, financial institutions and companies serving the healthcare, telecom and automotive industries. RIIS specializes in delivering agile project management while leveraging AI and Machine Learning to maximize results. Based in Troy, Michigan, RIIS is dedicated to developing custom software solutions that overcome unique business challenges.

RIIS can work with any drone manufacturer’s SDK, which is why leading drone manufacturers including Parrot look to RIIS for assistance in realizing ultimate potential and bringing it to the skies and the bottom line. RIIS delivers custom solutions to the most highly technological challenges. For more information go to