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Friday, October 13 2017 - 00:48
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DJI Unveils Technology To Identify And Track Airborne Drones
BRUSSELS, Oct. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

-AeroScope Addresses Safety, Security And Privacy Concerns While Protecting 
Drone Pilots-

DJI, the world's leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today 
unveiled AeroScope, its new solution to identify and monitor airborne drones 
with existing technology that can address safety, security and privacy concerns.

AeroScope uses the existing communications link between a drone and its remote 
controller to broadcast identification information such as a registration or 
serial number, as well as basic telemetry, including location, altitude, speed 
and direction. Police, security agencies, aviation authorities and other 
authorized parties can use an AeroScope receiver to monitor, analyze and act on 
that information. AeroScope has been installed at two international airports 
since April, and is continuing to test and evaluate its performance in other 
operational environments. 

"As drones have become an everyday tool for professional and personal use, 
authorities want to be sure they can identify who is flying near sensitive 
locations or in ways that raise serious concerns," said Brendan Schulman, DJI's 
Vice President for Policy and Legal Affairs. "DJI AeroScope addresses that need 
for accountability with technology that is simple, reliable and affordable - 
and is available for deployment now."

DJI demonstrated the system today in Brussels, Belgium, showing how an 
AeroScope receiver can immediately sense a drone as it powers on, then plot its 
location on a map while displaying a registration number. That number functions 
as the equivalent of a drone license plate, and authorities can use it to 
determine the registered owner of a drone that raises concerns. In March 2017, 
in response to growing calls by governments worldwide for remote identification 
solutions, DJI released a white paper 
(https://www.dji.com/newsroom/news/dji-proposes-electronic-identification-framew
ork-for-small-drones) describing the benefits of such an approach to electronic 
identification for drones.

AeroScope works with all current models of DJI drones, which analysts estimate 
comprise over two-thirds of the global civilian drone market. Since AeroScope 
transmits on a DJI drone's existing communications link, it does not require 
new on-board equipment or modifications, or require extra steps or costs to be 
incurred by drone operators. Other drone manufacturers can easily configure 
their existing and future drones to transmit identification information in the 
same way. 

Because AeroScope relies on drones directly broadcasting their information to 
local receivers, not on transmitting data to an internet-based service, it 
ensures most drone flights will not be automatically recorded in government 
databases, protecting the privacy interests of people and businesses that use 
drones. This approach also avoids substantial costs and complexities that would 
be involved in creating such databases and connecting drones to network systems.

This system is consistent with DJI's problem-solving approach to drone 
regulation, which aims to strike a reasonable balance between authorities' need 
to identify drones that raise concerns and drone pilots' right to fly without 
pervasive surveillance. DJI has led the industry with safety and security 
advances such as geofencing and sense-and-avoid technology, and believes the 
rapid pace of innovation provides the best means to address new policy concerns.

Drone identification settings will be included in DJI's initial drone software 
to allow customers to choose the content of their own drone's identification 
broadcast to match local expectations both before and after identification 
regulations are implemented in different jurisdictions. To protect customers' 
privacy, the AeroScope system will not automatically transmit any personally 
identifiable information until regulations or policies in the pilot's 
jurisdiction require it.

"The rapid adoption of drones has created new concerns about safety, security 
and privacy, but those must be balanced against the incredible benefits that 
drones have already brought to society," said Schulman. "Electronic drone 
identification, thoughtfully implemented, can help solve policy challenges, 
head off restrictive regulations, and provide accountability without being 
expensive or intrusive for drone pilots. DJI is proud to develop solutions that 
can help distribute drone benefits widely while also helping authorities keep 
the skies safe." 

For more information about AeroScope, please contact aeroscope@dji.com. 

For additional information, please contact: pr@dji.com 

About DJI

DJI is a global leader in developing and manufacturing civilian drones and 
aerial imaging technology for personal and professional use. DJI was founded 
and is run by people with a passion for remote-controlled helicopters and 
experts in flight-control technology and camera stabilization. The company is 
dedicated to making aerial photography and filmmaking equipment and platforms 
more accessible, reliable and easier to use for creators and innovators around 
the world. DJI's global operations currently span across the Americas, Europe 
and Asia, and its revolutionary products and solutions have been chosen by 
customers in over 100 countries for applications in filmmaking, construction, 
emergency response, agriculture, conservation and many other industries.

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SOURCE: DJI