DJI Debuts Custom Drone For Government Agencies
|A close-up shot of the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom
Facing increased security concerns from the U.S. government, Chinese drone maker DJI has announced a new “Government Edition” drone that’s made “specifically for use in high-security situations” by global government agencies. DJI says the new edition’s architecture ensures that drone data like photos and videos captured during flight never leaves the drone or get shared with unauthorized parties including DJI itself. The Shenzhen-based company says the way the drone is built ensures it “meets the stringent requirements of the government sector for data management, risk mitigation, and enterprise-level data sharing control.”
DJI first developed the Government Edition for the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Aviation Services, and is now offering it to other government organizations around the globe. The Chinese drone maker says the Government Edition drone partook in more than 1,500 flight missions last year. In addition to data protection, the DJI Government Edition drone will allow operators to first review firmware updates before applying them to their drones and also restrict pairing, as the Government Edition — drone — can only link to other drones of the same type, not pairable even with other DJI editions.
|DJI Mavic 2 Pro
DJI has also said it’ll begin assembling drones meant for the U.S. in the state of California to ease security tensions from the U.S. government. As for the new drone, it’s already available for sale at authorized DJI resellers.