DJI’s New Drone Safety Software
DJI have just released new beta software to enable safe flying of the DJI drone platform. The software provides a geofence solution which helps keep drones away from restricted airspace.
The software will stop DJI drones from entering or operating in restricted spaces. Users can opt out of this service by signing up as a verified DJI account holder; the service requires a valid credit card and phone number. If a device is found in restricted space the owner can be determined with this information.
Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) will provide drone users with up-to-date guidance on locations where flight may be restricted by regulation or raise safety or security concerns. With this major upgrade to DJI’s existing geofencing system, users will have access to live information about areas temporarily restricted from flight due to forest fires, major stadium events, VIP travel and other changing circumstances. The GEO system will also show restricted areas around locations like prisons, power plants and other sensitive areas where drone flight would raise non-aviation security concerns.
To accommodate the large variety of authorized applications, GEO will allow drone operators with verified DJI accounts to self-authorize and temporarily unlock flight in some locations. Certain areas where drone flight is not allowed, such as Washington D.C., will remain as unlockable no-fly zones. Unlocking requires a DJI account verified with a credit card, debit card or mobile phone number. DJI will neither collect nor store the information, and the service is free.
The verified account is required only if a user chooses to fly in a location that might raise aviation safety or security concerns.
The beta will run for a short period of time for North American and European users on the Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 platforms. No word on other regions at this stage.