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November 18, 2015

DJI launches new geofencing system with updated airspace information for drone users

Chinese technology company DJI has introduced a latest geofencing system that would update its drone users with live airspace information.

By Lopamudra Roy

DJI

Chinese technology company DJI has introduced a latest geofencing system that would update its drone users with live airspace information.

This improvised version of geofencing system seeks to address the airport authorities’ growing concern of drone flights in restricted areas.

Drone operators will receive latest updates on locations to avoid landing up in restricted or unsafe areas, like regions affected by any changing circumstances or places hosting special events.

They will also receive updates on prohibitions around sensitive areas like prisons, power plants or locations where drone operations raise non-aviation security concerns.

"DJI invented geofencing over two years ago and now continues its industry leadership by balancing enhanced safety with the flexibility of accountable self-authorisation."

Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) is responsible for providing these live updates.

These improvisations on already-existing geofencing system could prevent take offs and landings at permanently restricted locations.

The new technology will permit users with verified DJI accounts to temporarily unlock or self-authorise flights in some of the restricted or high-safety regions.

However, the service cannot be availed at sensitive national-security locations like Washington, D.C. or other prohibited locations.

DJI Policy and Legal Affairs vice-president Brendan Schulman said: "DJI invented geofencing over two years ago and now continues its industry leadership by balancing enhanced safety with the flexibility of accountable self-authorisation.

"Our years of actual user experience have shown that in most instances, strict geofencing is the wrong approach for this technology, and instead we are helping operators make informed, accountable decisions."

The GEO system receives geospatial data provided by AirMap from Santa Monica, California.

The latest service will be available from December in North America and Europe.


Image: DJI’s new geofencing system provides updated airspace information. Photo: courtesy of DJI.

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