Geofencing software to keep drones from flying where they don't belong
The Geofencing software tracks a drone's location to prevent its pilot from flying it into illegal areas. (Shutterstock)
Having your own little drone is now one of the hottest trends, but how do drone makers make sure that their customers are not flying their drones into prisons smuggling drugs or even illegally spying on their neighbors, or possibly even interfering with a manned aircraft? Say hello to Geofencing software.
The solution to this issue comes with a Geofencing software, which basically comprises of a code that’s built into the drone which identifies its location and prevents pilots from flying their drones into illegal areas. Chinese manufacturer DJI has also pushed out a beta version of a geofencing system that will hopefully keep drones away from airports, military bases, protected wildlife spots etc.
The beta is currently an optional upgrade for its Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 drones, and a full-fledged release can be expected soon. The new update can be downloaded direct from the DJI website and will most likely be integrated into all future models. According to DJI, “Users will have access to live information about areas temporarily restricted from flight due to forest fires, major stadium events, VIP travel and other changing circumstances.” DJI also commented that “”The system will also show restricted areas around locations like prisons, power plants and other sensitive areas where drone flight would raise non-aviation security concerns.”
Through the update, users can unlock certain regions provided they are a verified user. In other words, DJI will be able to keep track of who you are, and will be able to hold you accountable for any dangerous drone flying you might partake in. High security areas, such as Washington DC for example, cannot be unlocked at all.
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