Over the past few years, drone technology has improved dramatically. With all of the updates, the amount of drone pilots have also increased tremendously. Drones are being used for many business solutions and are even in the process of being used to assist with emergency calls. Enthusiastic drone hobbyists are also increasing by the day because of all the neat features and video technology that is now offered.
With the increase of drone usage and the upward trend of piloting drones, it is going to be important that drones are able to be tracked and identified. Cars and other motorized vehicles that are on the roads require that they are registered with the government. This holds operators accountable for their actions when they are behind the wheel. Since drones are becoming popular and beginning to populate the skies, it is important that the owner/pilot of each one is able to easily be determined should the drone be used in an illegal activity or cause damage to any property.
Since the China government has decided to increase their regulations on drone usage, DJI has launched a new technology that will track and identify drones. These devices will come in handy when a drone is being flown in a sensitive or restricted area, and two have already been installed at an airport. This will not only deter pilots from flying their drones in these areas, but will also identify them and give law enforcement the ability to hold them accountable.
Once these new systems by DJI technology are installed, they will be able to send a frequency that will collect the data from drones being flown in airspace where they are restricted. Information provided to the system will include the drone’s location, flight direction, altitude, speed, and identification information such as its registration or serial number. These bits of information will allow the drones to be easily identified when they are being flown in restricted areas. It is anticipated that law enforcement, security agencies, and airports will install these tracking systems.
Once the this new DJI tracking and drone identifying system is powered on, it can immediately sense any drones that are in the area. As soon as the drone is picked up by the system, it’s registration information is sent and it is plotted on a map. The detection system is able to pick up information on drones that are registered, which covers almost all DJI drones because of a law that China introduced a few months ago that determined all drones weighing more than 250g would require registration.
This new system is currently being used at two undisclosed airports in China, but is anticipated to be of important use within the United States soon. As the U.S. continues to raise the restrictions on drones, the need for them to be registered will become more important. Currently there is a restriction for flying drones over major landmarks within the United States, so this new tool will definitely prove to be useful.
The writer known as I Coleman is a veteran tech reviewer who’s spent seven years writing about everything from PC hardware to drone tech and who joined the Dronethusiast team early in 2017. I brings his characteristic sense of humor and attention to detail to our product reviews and buyer’s guides, making sure that they’re packed with expert analysis in a way that’s still easy for hobby newcomers to understand. In his spare time, I is using drones to create 3D modeling software for a company in his hometown.