Chinese technology company DJI has introduced identification technology to its portfolio in a bid to make UAV operations safer and more traceable.
The company is introducing new features to the DJI AeroScope remote identification system that functions as an “electronic licence plate” for drones. The new features will allow drone pilots to voluntarily identify their flight operations to authorities while still protecting their privacy.
AeroScope is a system that remotely identifies and tracks airborne drones to allow law enforcement and aviation safety officials to respond to safety and security concerns about drones. DJI drones locally broadcast their location, speed, heading and serial numbers to AeroScope receivers used by authorities at sensitive locations or in response to complaints.
Whilst the technology makes operating information available to third parties, it does not broadcast personally identifiable information.
Updates to the DJI GO 4 app and DJI drone firmware will allow pilots to choose whether or not to broadcast additional information about their flight operations, if they believe it will be helpful to ease any concerns about their flights. Professional pilots and pilots who fly near sensitive locations may choose to do this routinely.
DJI developed AeroScope to balance the legitimate needs of authorities against the privacy rights of drone pilots. DJI is working to expand the broadcast protocol for other drone manufacturers.