DJI is improving its geofencing technology with the launch of its Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) 2.0 system across Europe.
Implementing the new tech across 32 countries, GEO 2.0 creates a three-dimensional ‘bow-tie’ zone surrounding runway flight paths and uses polygon shapes around other sensitive facilities.
This opposes the simple circular structures used in earlier geo-fencing locations.
The new system applies in the 13 countries covered by DJI’s original GEO system, as well as 19 new countries that did not previously have advanced geofencing.
DJI says it hopes the new system better reflects the actual safety risk posed in those areas and is more flexible in lower-risk areas.
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) will also be included in the revamp and will be imposed during major events or natural disasters based on authoritative data from Eurocontrol.
The company’s head of policy for EMEA, Christian Struwe, said: “DJI is eager to ensure that safety remains the top priority as the European drone industry innovates new ways to use drones in exciting and productive ways. Introducing state-of-the-art safety features in even more countries will help the general public and drone operators alike.”
He added: “European airspace management must accommodate advanced future operations, such as automated flight and flight beyond the operator’s line of sight, without imposing new burdens on recreational and professional drone pilots who have completed millions of safe and beneficial flights. Altitude Angel supports this vision and supplies the reliable airspace data needed to implement it.”
DJI has chosen Altitude Angel as its new partner to deliver the geospatial data for airports, TFRs and other sensitive areas.
In Europe, it will replace DJI’s previous geospatial data provider AirMap.
DJI worked together with Altitude Angel last year in Operation Zenith, a full-scale test at Manchester Airport of its GuardianUTM O/S platform for unmanned traffic management in controlled airspace.
Richard Parker, founder & CEO at Altitude Angel, commented: “We are honoured to partner with DJI on this important update to GEO and look forward to working closely on other important projects.”
He continued: “We work hard to deliver the best data and drone services to our customers globally, and we welcome DJI’s recognition of the value in our Guardian platform to enable their customers to fly safely and access more airspace.”
GEO 2.0 in Europe will be phased in starting later this month.
DJI has urged its customers to update their DJI GO 4 flight control app and aircraft firmware to ensure the improvements are implemented.