DJI, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of drones and aerial imaging technology, has announced it has updated its drone software in its drones to restrict flight paths and block certain areas in a bid to enhance safety.
The company is deploying temporary restrictions in the Greater Sydney area for the upcoming ASEAN- Australia Special Summit 2018, which is taking place on March 17 and 18.
The temporary no-fly zones will help reduce the likelihood of drone operators inadvertently entering sensitive areas or places where they shouldn’t fly. The no-fly zones will be in effect for the duration of the summit.
“Safety is DJI’s top priority and we’ve always taken proactive steps to educate our customers to operate their drones within the law,” said Adam Welsh, DJI’s Asia-Pacific head of public policy. “Where appropriate, we implement temporary no-fly zones during major events. We believe this feature will help reduce the chance of a user accidentally entering the area and causing security or safety concerns.”
The no-fly zones will be included in DJI’s GPS-based geofencing system that provides DJI drone operators with information that helps them make smart decisions about where and when to fly. The coordinates of the no-fly zones will cover the majority of the Greater Sydney area and are based on the distance suggested by Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
The temporary no-fly zones will go live from March 16 to March 18 midnight Sydney time. DJI users flying in Sydney will be able to view and locate the temporary no-fly zones through the DJI GO 4 mobile app once they are online and connected to their aircraft.
The ASEAN summit, which involves the attendance of Southeast Asian heads of state, and 500 Australian business leaders, is the biggest inter-governmental event in Sydney since the APEC summit in 2017.
The temporary updates to DJI’s existing no-fly zone system are similar to those that 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, the Euro 2016 football tournament in France and more recently, during the international athletic competitions in South Korea.