DJI Geofencing System update warns user of all restricted locations
Drones entering into restricted airspace and also in backyards of people without their knowledge has been a problem lately. FAA has taken stringent steps to counter this and marked certain locations as restricted for drone use. DJI, the leading drone maker in the world has also taken this seriously and wants to assist FAA in implementing their checks in a more streamlined way. For this DJI has announced a new software update dubbed Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) which warns the user about areas having flight restrictions. The DJI Go update is up for download for DJI Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 drones.
This software update was announced by the company on Thursday and is going to be available as a beta version of the geofencing system for Europe and America. This will be an extension to the existing DJI geofencing system and users will have access to live information on the areas having restricted drone flights. Also the software will warn the user on any temporary restricted areas like forests in fire or stadium events etc.
There have been instances of drones flying over prisons or power plants, so this update will have restrictions on such spaces also. To give a bit of advantage for authorized DJI users, the restrictions can be temporarily unlocked in certain locations with credit/debit card or mobile phone number. Other areas like Washington D.C. will still be unlockable however.
This will keep a check on drones flying into restricted airspace and a fine of $27,500 will be implemented. Also, FAA has made it compulsory for users having drone weighing less than 55 pounds to register their units by February 19, 2016.