Drones and aerial imaging tech firm DJI is set to introduce improved geofencing technology to improve airspace limitations for drone flights near airports in the US.

The updated Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) Version 2.0 will be introduced from November when the revised zones take effect for airspace surrounding airports in the US.

DJI stated that the geofencing technology upgrade will provide smarter protection for airplanes in critical areas. Upgrades will be offered in other countries in the future.

DJI Policy and Legal Affairs vice-president Brendan Schulman said: “DJI is proud to once again lead the industry in developing proactive solutions for safety and security concerns.

“This is an enormous step forward for safely integrating drones into the airspace based on a more finely tuned evaluation of risks associated with aircraft approaching and departing different types of airports.”

“These restrictions better indicate the safety risk that might be present in those areas while enabling more aircraft to use the sides of runways where risk is substantially lower.”

According to DJI, the new system enables GEO to create detailed three-dimensional ‘bow tie’ safety zones around runway flight paths.

GEO can also use complex polygon shapes around other sensitive facilities.

These new restrictions better indicate the actual safety risk that might be present in those areas while enabling more aircraft to use the sides of runways where risk is substantially lower.

DJI’s new geofencing also includes the principles of Section 384 of the recently enacted US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act, which mandates that the final approach corridor to active runways at major airports should be ‘runway exclusion zones’ for unauthorised drones.

DJI clients are required to upgrade their DJI GO 4 flight control app and aircraft firmware so that they can get access to new improvements.

Additionally, DJI has selected PrecisionHawk as its data provider, which will offer accurate data such as the exact locations of airport runways and facility boundaries for obtaining geospatial information for the enhanced shapes in GEO 2.0.