Today at its AirWorks user conference in Denver, DJI revealed the FlightHub operations management platform; introduced two new software development kit (SDK) tools, including the Wind series of drones; announced a strategic partnership with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District (FPD) in California; and announced new funding by its SkyFund investment.
The DJI FlightHub is a Web-based service that helps businesses manage their drone operations in one platform. According to DJI, FlightHub enables the secure management of real-time drone operations, flight data, drone fleets and pilot teams. Notably, access to FlightHub is available from any Web browser through a U.S.-based Amazon Web Services server, says DJI.
FlightHub is accessible through Web browsers, and data is securely transmitted from the DJI Pilot mobile app for Android or the DJI CrystalSky monitor. FlightHub is compatible with DJI’s Matrice 200 series of drones, as well as the DJI Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 and Inspire 2 series of drones. It will be available by subscription to enterprise customers globally through the DJI online store, with pre-orders starting today. Monthly subscriptions will be offered in basic, binding up to five drones; advanced, binding up to 10 drones; and enterprise, binding more than 10 drones, plus the ability to integrate data into a private cloud in the future.
DJI’s new SDK tools include onboard vision system access, giving developers new ways to tap into drones’ visual recognition systems and help them develop unique autonomous drone solutions. In addition, the new DJI Wind 4 and DJI Wind 8 drones can be customized by developers for complex tasks, such as those requiring unique sensor payloads or increased stability in challenging weather conditions. The DJI Wind 4 can carry payloads up to nearly 30 pounds (13.5 kg), while the DJI Wind 8 is built on an octocopter platform for increased control and redundancy.
DJI has also formalized its ongoing collaboration with the Menlo Park FPD by designating the agency as a solution development partner. The FPD will test customized solutions developed by DJI to help expand the use of drones as essential tools for emergency preparedness and response and post-incident missions, explains the company.
DJI and venture capital firm Accel, partnering through their SkyFund joint investment fund, have invested in New York-based AutoModality to accelerate its development of an autonomous drone bridge inspection system. The new system enables fully autonomous, close-up infrastructure inspection and assists workers by accessing difficult and dangerous locations on the structure while they remain safely on the ground, says DJI.
“The exciting new offerings announced today demonstrate DJI’s continued leadership and commitment to the commercial drone industry,” said Jan Gasparic, DJI’s head of enterprise partnerships, at AirWorks. “These important additions will encourage innovation and drive growth of the drone ecosystem to help companies, developers and customers flourish by adopting drone technology as a core component of their business.”