DJI blocks drones from flying over Winter Olympics

UAV hardware and software company DJI has updated software in its drones to restrict flight path and block certain areas in a bid to protect the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The company’s newly created restrictions include a raft of temporary no-fly zones around venues for the upcoming international athletic competitions in South Korea.

DJI implemented the temporary flight restrictions in Pyeongchang and other Korean cities in a bid to increase safety and security measures and will be in effect for the duration of the competitive events in February 2018.

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“DJI’s temporary no-fly zones were deployed in order to reduce the likelihood of drone operators inadvertently entering sensitive areas,” said Adam Welsh, head of DJI’s Asia-Pacific public policy.

“Safety is DJI’s top priority and we’ve always taken proactive steps to educate our customers to operate within the law and where appropriate, implement temporary no-fly zones during major events. We believe this feature will reduce the potential for drone operations that could inadvertently create safety or security concerns.”

The coordinates of the no-fly zones were set based on the distance suggested by aviation authorities for clearance from aerodromes. They include four zones in Pyeongchang, Gangneung, Bongpyeong and Jeongseon in Gangwon Province.

The temporary updates to DJI’s existing no-fly zone system are similar to those DJI has set up around other major events that have raised safety or national security concerns in the past, including political party conventions in the United States, the G7 Summit in Japan and the Euro 2016 football tournament in France.

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