DJI has rolled out enhancements to its Matrice 200 Series drones and FlightHub operations management platform.
The Matrice 200 Series V2 brings new and improved features to DJI’s drone designed for commercial and industrial tasks. The second-generation model retains its all-weather design, simple setup and easy configuration, but it upgrades key systems to provide safer, more reliable and more secure operation.
Improvements include as follows:
• Reliable Transmission – Equipped with OcuSync 2.0, the drones now support automatic dual frequency band switching between 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz for up to 8 km maximum transmission range, delivering reliable, high-resolution and low-latency digital video transmission back to the pilot.
• Data Security – All data transmitted through OcuSync 2.0 is encrypted using the AES-256 standard, ensuring critical mission information is protected and can be accessed only by authorized parties.
• Flight Safety – Designed with Federal Aviation Administration night waiver standards in mind, anti-collision beacons have been added on the top and bottom of the drone to improve flight safety during low-light conditions and at night. The drone is also equipped with DJI’s AirSense system, using an ADS-B receiver to provide drone pilots with awareness of approaching air traffic.
• Flight Performance – Pilots using multiple drone payloads during their operations can calibrate the drone’s new center of gravity from the DJI Pilot app.
• Data Accuracy – A new TimeSync system continuously aligns the flight controller, cameras, GPS module and RTK module, as well as any third-party payloads or onboard accessories, fixing the position data to the center of the image frame to achieve improved data accuracy.
Combined, these improvements lay the technical foundations for more advanced drone operations, says DJI. Combining the anti-collision beacon and improved transmission range with its pre-existing DJI AirSense ADS-B receiver system for traditional aircraft detection and FlightAutonomy obstacle sensing system, the Matrice 200 Series V2 is ready to support beyond visual line of sight operations, the company explains.
Brendan Schulman, vice president of policy and legal affairs at DJI, says, “These innovations will open countless opportunities for organizations and the general public to benefit from the lifesaving uses of drone technology, and DJI is proud to help pave the way for regulators to create clear pathways for operators to receive approval to conduct advanced drone operations.”
Operations management with FlightHub Enterprise
DJI FlightHub software enables organizations to manage all aspects of their commercial drone operations from a single platform. As a Web-based service, FlightHub Basic and Advanced have allowed users to oversee live operations, manage flight data, manage fleets and pilots, and effectively plan operations. The new FlightHub Enterprise has additional features that give commercial operators more control over their implementations and data security:
• Private Cloud Hosting – Organizations can now choose to host FlightHub Enterprise within their private cloud or on-premise IT infrastructure, using their existing organizational resources and security protocols, and enabling the capability to build streamlined workflows for their drone fleets.
• Dedicated DJI Pilot app – Exclusively compatible with FlightHub Enterprise, the new DJI Pilot PE app is a customized version of DJI’s flight control app designed for users with high data security requirements. By default, DJI Pilot PE will not transmit any data to public networks and will only connect directly to an organization’s FlightHub Enterprise platform hosted on its private IT infrastructure.
• Firmware Management – Users can centrally manage and deploy drone firmware updates, allowing organizations to certify and update drone fleets at their own pace, ensuring security compliance and avoiding unforeseen delays during critical missions.
• Mission Planning – Organizations can schedule and oversee drone operations, with the ability to send automated waypoint or mapping missions to individual pilots.
• Device Maintenance – Users can track equipment usage, including aircraft and battery usage time, to ensure drone equipment is functioning properly and aircraft maintenance is performed on schedule.
Alogether, these updates make FlightHub Enterprise valuable to a wide range of commercial and industrial customers using drone technology for increasingly sensitive missions, including large-scale disaster response operations, public safety operations that require a real-time view of data by a central command for quick decision-making, and relaying information to off-site engineers during inspections in the energy and telecommunications industries.
“From routine mapping missions to sensitive industrial inspections, organizations around the world rely on DJI to provide more robust, secure and scalable solutions,” says Jan Gasparic, DJI’s director of strategic partnerships. “As leading organizations have increased their drone fleets into the hundreds and thousands, they have asked for better ways to centrally manage drone operations and are using drones for applications that demand safer and more reliable drone technology. Our updated Matrice 200 Series drones are now better equipped for complex lifesaving missions, flights over sensitive locations and flights at night, while enhancements to DJI FlightHub give organizations more control over their drone fleets and the data they generate.”