DJI Updates Geofencing Tech to Improve Restrictions for Drone Flights Near Airports

DJI has announced an update for its geofencing technology used to help restrict drone flights near airports. Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) Version 2.0 is designed to offer better protection for airplanes in critical areas.

"DJI is proud to once again lead the industry in developing proactive solutions for safety and security concerns," said Brendan Schulman, DJI Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs. "This is an enormous step forward for safely integrating drones into the airspace based on a more finely-tuned evaluation of risks associated with aircraft approaching and departing different types of airports."

The geofencing process uses GPS and other navigational satellite signals to automatically help keep drones away from potentially dangerous areas like airports, prisons, and nuclear power plants. DJI drone use can even be locked out in certain locations unless a pilot receives special authorization.

As part of the updated system, GEO 2.0 will be able to create detailed three-dimensional "bow tie" safety zones around runway flight paths and complex polygon shapes around other sensitive facilities instead of circles. This revised shape allows the tech to open up more areas to drone use on the sides of runways, while also improving safety in the areas where planes fly. 

Check out the below chart to see an example of how GEO 2.0 applies its boundaries to the airspace around high, medium, and low risk airports.

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The updated tech and revised zones for airspace around airports will start rolling out next month in the US. DJI's GEO 2.0 was developed in collaboration with general aviation pilots through the AOPA and with airports through the AAAE. 

"AAAE appreciates DJI's efforts to implement these important geofencing improvements," said Justin Barkowski, AAAE Staff Vice President, Regulatory Affairs. "This is a common-sense approach to enhancing safety in the airport operating environment while providing users with additional areas to safely operate their drones."

In order to ensure the revised safety protocols are in place, DJI customers should update their DJI GO 4 flight control app and aircraft firmware.

Source: DJI