DJI has launched a new comprehensive drone solution intended for use by global government agencies in high-security situations.
DJI Government Edition has been designed to comply with the government sector’s stringent requirements regarding data management, risk mitigation, and enterprise-level data sharing control.
Its unique architecture ensures that drone data – including photos and videos captured during flight – never leave the drone and can therefore never be shared with unauthorised parties including DJI.
The company’s vice president and regional manager of North America, Mario Rebello, said: “DJI Government Edition allows government agencies to serve the public more efficiently and effectively using the industry’s most widely-adopted drone technology, while maintaining total control over their data.
“This is DJI’s most secure drone solution to-date because it prevents users from accidentally or even intentionally transferring data off of the drone to other parties.
“By incorporating these assurances into its architecture, the Government Edition solution meets the rigorous data security expectations of government agencies, and provides them the safety, reliability, and ease of operation that DJI’s products are respected for by commercial drone pilots around the world.”
The company says that the product can serve a wide variety of purposes, including agricultural analysis, infrastructure inspections, public land management and disaster response.
The Government Edition solution is based on DJI’s industry-leading drone hardware and is controlled by custom device firmware and operational software.
The product’s rigorous data controls have also been validated by U.S. federal government audits
Some of the key features include:
- A permanently enabled Local Data Mode within the custom DJI Pilot application that prevents data transfer from the mobile application over the internet to third parties or to DJI
- Government agency aviation and IT departments can review firmware updates in electronic isolation before applying them to their fleets, and have full control over how to validate them and when to install them on DJI drones
- Drones and remote controllers running Government Edition solution firmware can only be linked with each other and are not compatible with other DJI products, preventing the use of unsecure hardware and unauthorized third-party applications.
Brandon Torres Declet, CEO and Co-Founder at Measure, said of the product: “Government Edition allows us to tell our clients that all of their telemetry data, meaning where their drone is flying, is stored securely and not shared with anyone but them.
“Having Government Edition will allow us more control over that process, and avoiding automatic firmware updates that can potentially impact our operation schedule is important – it’s also important to government customers.”