Drone DJ, Haye Kesteloo
Brendan Schulman, DJI’s Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs, had announced during the launch of Aeroscope last year, that the company was working on a more precise and more 3D-like geofencing solution to fence off areas around airports, specifically taking into account the runways. Today, in an official announcement from the world’s largest drone maker, DJI explains that this new Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) Version 2.0 will be rolled out starting next month, first in the US. As we reported earlier, DJI also launched a global authorization team to speed up the unlocking process of geo-fenced areas for authorized professional drone pilots (for instance first responders and law enforcement officials). The unlocking should now take place within 30 minutes. The introduction of GEO 2.0 is a big step forward to keep our skies safe.
sUAS News, September 21, 2018
Search and rescue teams found simulated victims faster when they used drones for help, a new study released today finds. The study concludes that drones offer enormous potential to help search and rescue (SAR) efforts, and rescue squads need to develop new standards, tactics and protocols to take full advantage of drones’ aerial perspective. These key findings were part of the Drone Efficacy Study, a report issued today by DJI, the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) and Black Channel. Thirty teams used off-the-shelf drones with standard visual cameras, while another 20 teams searched on foot using traditional protocols. Seventeen ground search teams found their victims, compared to 23 drone teams, indicating that drone-assisted SAR protocols and procedures have not advanced enough to maximize the benefits of the technology. However, the drone searchers found their victims an average of 191 seconds faster, or more than three minutes.
CNN, by Samuel Burke
After an apparent assassination attempt of Venezuela’s president, new systems to track and bring drones down are in the spotlight.