DJI Introduces Specific Government Edition (update)

DJI Introduces Specific Government Edition (update)
June 24, 2019 Comments Off on DJI Introduces Specific Government Edition (update) Drone Laws,Industry News,law enforcement drone pilot training,Public Safety Admin

Government agencies use drones for some of their most important work and have stringent information security requirements. DJI meets those needs with the new DJI Government Edition hardware and software solution, exclusively for government agencies. DJI Government Edition offers our most advanced security measures, ensuring governments can perform their essential drone work confidently and securely. To learn more about DJI Government Edition, visit DJI Government or  Subscribe: … Like us on Facebook:  Follow us on Twitter:  Follow us on Instagram:  Website

DJI shifts production to address security concerns

WASHINGTON — DJI, the large Chinese drone maker, is facing mounting security concerns within the Trump administration that its flying machines could send sensitive surveillance data back to China. Now, the company is trying to get on American officials’ good side by building some products in the United States.

The company, which is privately held, said on Monday that it would repurpose a warehouse in Cerritos, Calif., to assemble a new version of a drone that has been popular among federal and local government agencies. The assembly of its flying devices in the United States will represent a small percentage of DJI’s overall global production. But it could help the company meet some necessary federal requirements.

In addition, the company will build some machines with a newly available set of features, known as Government Edition. The system saves data collected by the machine only on the drone itself, and the information can be taken off the machine only after it lands. Those drones cannot transfer any of the information wirelessly online.

The new production facility and the new data features, the company hopes, will be enough to continue to sell the products in the United States. About 70 percent of all drones in the country are supplied by DJI, according to one estimate. The company makes small drones for hobbyists as well as the higher-end industrial grade drones used to survey remote areas and forest fires, among other uses.

From SUASNEWS:

DJI Outlines Its Best-In-Class Data Protection Practices And Safeguards 

June 24, 2019 – DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Security to set the record straight on incorrect claims presented during a hearing last week.

In the letter, DJI responds to hearing witnesses’ incorrect speculation about the company’s data security practices, writing: “the unsubstantiated speculation and inaccurate information presented during [the] Subcommittee hearing will put the entire U.S. drone industry at risk, causing a ripple effect that will stunt economic growth and handcuff public servants who use DJI drones to protect the public and save lives.” DJI adds: “DJI drones do not share flight logs, photos or videos unless the drone pilot deliberately chooses to do so. They do not automatically send flight data to China or anywhere else. They do not automatically transmit photos or videos over the internet. This data stays solely on the drone and on the pilot’s mobile device. DJI cannot share customer data it never receives.”

The full text of DJI’s letter to the Subcommittee is available at this link

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