New DJI Government Edition Strengthens Drone Data Security

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DJI has introduced a new drone solution designed specifically for use in high-security situations by government agencies.

The company says DJI Government Edition ensures that drone data – including photos and videos captured during flight – never leaves the drone and, therefore, can never be shared with unauthorized parties, including DJI.

“DJI Government Edition allows government agencies to serve the public more efficiently and effectively using the industry’s most widely adopted drone technology, while maintaining total control over their data,” says Mario Rebello, vice president and regional manager of North America at DJI. “This is DJI’s most secure drone solution to date because it prevents users from accidentally or even intentionally transferring data off of the drone to other parties. By incorporating these assurances into its architecture, the Government Edition solution meets the rigorous data security expectations of government agencies and provides them the safety, reliability and ease of operation that DJI’s products are respected for by commercial drone pilots around the world.”

DJI notes it first developed the solution to meet the needs of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Office of Aviation Services, which operated more than 10,000 drone flights in 2018 alone. Government Edition drones were used in over 1,500 of those missions, and their security has been validated through multiple audits performed by the DOI’s external and internal partners, says DJI.

According to the company, the solution offers the following features:

  • No data transmission – A permanently enabled local data mode within the custom DJI Pilot app prevents data transfer from the mobile app over the internet to third parties or to DJI.
  • Firmware update reviews – Government agency aviation and IT departments can review firmware updates in electronic isolation before applying them to their fleets and have full control over how to validate them and when to install them on DJI drones.
  • Restricted hardware pairing – Drones and remote controllers running Government Edition solution firmware can be linked only with each other. They are not compatible with other DJI products.

“Government Edition allows us to tell our clients that all of their telemetry data, meaning where their drone is flying, is stored securely and not shared with anyone but them,” notes Brandon Torres Declet, CEO and co-founder of drone services company Measure. “Having Government Edition will allow us more control over that process, and avoiding automatic firmware updates that can potentially impact our operation schedule is important; it’s also important to government customers.”

The solution is now available for purchase through select authorized DJI Enterprise resellers globally.

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