One of the world leaders in UAV hardware manufacturing DJI has unveiled an aviation recognition system designed to support the global growth of drones in commercial settings.
The company has unveiled the DJI AeroSpace, an ‘electronic license plate’ that can remotely identify airborne drones within a five kilometer radius, in response to rapid growth of drones for commercial applications, with approximately half a billion commercial UAVs in use world-wide.
With DJI’s AeroScope software, which can be applied to any existing DJI model, all authorised agencies deploying UAVs as part of their business would be able to manage their airspace and keep track of a drone’s whereabouts.
Unlike internet-based database methods of identification, AeroScope relies on the transmission technology already built into all drones.
AeroScope’s underlying technology and advantage is that it uses the existing communications link between the drone and its remote controller to collect information about the drone, such as location, distance from the operator, flight path, serial number, and other telemetry data. If abnormal behavior is spotted, law enforcement and other authorised agencies can then use the information gathered and act accordingly.
A spokesperson for the company said: “Now we’re seeing drone technology move from remote locations for landscape and destination photography, to more urban areas for commercial applications like construction site mapping, building or airplane inspections and more.
“As the technology improves, talks of autonomous drones surveying construction sites in populated areas or conducting beyond visual line of sight inspection missions, will someday shift from test missions to daily sightings on your morning jog.”
DJI has already deployed the AeroScope system for testing all over the world in airports, prisons, stadiums, and other areas that require additional safety measures.