DJI just made it easier for professional drone pilots to unlock areas restricted by hardcoded geofencing. DJI released their global authorization team that can unlock geofencing restrictions around the world, around the clock within 30 minutes. Geofencing restrictions prevent drones from flying into sensitive areas, such as airports, military bases, or other federal facilities. However, in times of emergencies, first responders and law enforcement officials may need to fly their drones into these sensitive areas. Now, professional drone pilots can use a streamlined application process to receive unlocking codes within 30 minutes.
“DJI now processes most requests within 30 minutes, though requests involving unusual circumstances or requiring additional documentation may need additional time,” explains Michael Perry, managing director of North America at DJI. “By making it easier for authorized pilots to put drones to work in sensitive areas, DJI is once again showing why professional drone operators choose our aerial platforms for the most important tasks.”
Professional drone pilots can apply to unlock restricted zones at https://www.dji.com/flysafe/custom-unlock. This portal page allows pilots to easily enter information about their aircraft and controller, as well as authorization documents supplied by the controlling authorities in areas where they wish to fly.
The rapid adoption of drones by first responders and law enforcement is putting drones at the forefront of public safety. Drones are increasingly playing important roles in search and rescue operations and other life-saving missions. Earlier this year, DJI released a report detailing drone rescues over the past year. They estimated that at least 65 people were rescued by drones last year. As more police departments and public safety officials adopt drones and use them in emergency responses, we will see more lives saved.
DJI understands the needs of law enforcement and first responders and that time is critical in emergency situations. In June, DJI teamed up with Axon to provide drones to law enforcement and public safety officials. This latest Fly Safe Geo Unlocking system shows they are even more dedicated to serving public safety officials and saving lives.