DJI has rolled out enhancements to its geofencing system, which uses GPS and other navigational satellite signals to automatically help prevent drones from flying near sensitive locations, such as airports, nuclear power plants and prisons.
Now, professional drone pilots who do have authorization to fly in sensitive locations can use a streamlined application process to receive unlocking codes within 30 minutes.
According to the company, this feature was carefully designed to help expand the beneficial uses of drones in sensitive areas that have been restricted in DJI’s geofencing system. While those areas will remain restricted to more casual drone pilots, DJI now staffs its global authorization team around the clock in order to process applications and provide unlocking codes quickly.
“DJI now processes most requests within 30 minutes, though requests involving unusual circumstances or requiring additional documentation may need additional time,” explains Michael Perry, managing director of North America at DJI. “By making it easier for authorized pilots to put drones to work in sensitive areas, DJI is once again showing why professional drone operators choose our aerial platforms for the most important tasks.”
Professional drone pilots can apply to unlock restricted zones at www.dji.com/flysafe/custom-unlock. The portal page allows pilots to enter information about their aircraft and controller, as well as authorization documents supplied by the controlling authorities in areas where they wish to fly. Enterprise users can also, for the first time, include multiple aircraft in a single unlocking request.
“DJI first implemented geofencing in 2013, and it is now established as an important tool to help our customers make thoughtful flight decisions while also addressing legitimate concerns about safety and security by helping prevent unauthorized flights in the most sensitive locations,” notes Brendan Schulman, vice president of policy and legal affairs at DJI.