Cape, a cloud platform for remote drone operations, has confirmed it will drop support for DJI drones.
As part of the decision, effectively immediately, the company also launched the Cape Preferred Partner Program (P3), a new initiative aimed at ensuring the security of commercial drone integrations across industries.
Skydio has been named as the first company to officially join Cape P3, just months after they were selected by the U.S. Department of Defense to take part in the Short Range Reconnaissance program for the U.S. Army.
The companies said that together, they hope to collaborate on next generation technology that is both easier to use and more capable than ever before.
They went on to detail that they were targeting secure, intelligent, and cost-effective remote drone operations for both enterprises and government organizations.
Cape explained that P3 was established to create a process for ensuring secure integration of Cape Aerial Telepresence software with trusted drone hardware manufacturers and enterprise application developers.
It said the program is a direct result of increasing security concerns around the use of drones for public safety and commercial use, and follows the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) recent warnings regarding security risks related to the use of Chinese-made drones.
With the launch of the new partner program, Cape software will exclusively allow for integration with hardware and enterprise applications from U.S. companies, such as Skydio, or companies from countries with intellectual property treaties with the U.S.
As a result, Cape will specifically cease all integration with DJI-manufactured drones, as well as all other drones developed by companies based in China.
A spokesperson for DJI told CDP: “At DJI, safety is at the core of everything we do, and the security of our technology has been independently verified by the U.S. government and leading U.S. businesses. DJI gives all customers full and complete control over how their data is collected, stored, and transmitted and has led the drone industry in creating solutions that meet the needs of a variety of customers, from police and fire departments to U.S. government agencies.
“We are disappointed to learn about Cape’s decision which is based on false speculation, and remain committed to continuously working with all of our customers — including more than 520 public safety agencies who trust our products to conduct critical missions, and the entire U.S. drone industry to ensure access to the most advanced drone technology and software services.”
Chris Rittler, CEO of Cape, commented: “The success of commercial drone adoption in the U.S. depends on total data security and privacy protection. In launching the Cape Preferred Partner Program and ceasing integration with DJI drones, we are taking a stand for the benefit of all enterprises who want to utilize drones as part of daily operations.”
Adding: “We are proud to be partnering with Skydio in leading the charge for improved security standards and increased safety during a critical inflection point in the industry.”