Drone maker DJI is releasing a public beta version of its new geofencing system in North America and Europe. The company first announced plans for the system in November of last year.
The Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) system is designed to give drone users up-to-date guidance on where they can and can’t fly, and where there might be safety or security issues. Users will have access to real-time information regarding temporary restricted areas due to forest fires, major stadium events, VIP travel and other unpredictable circumstances, in addition to information on restricted areas surrounding prisons, power plants and other sensitive areas.
The public beta of the system is available for both DJI’s Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 drones. According to the company, the beta period is expected to be short, with the final version of GEO to follow.
"DJI invented geofencing over two years ago and now continues its industry leadership by balancing enhanced safety with the flexibility of accountable self-authorization," said Brendan Schulman, vice president of policy and legal affairs for DJI and leader of the development of the new system, in June. "We believe this major upgrade to our geofencing system will do even more to help operators understand their local flight environment, and to make smart, educated decisions about when and where to fly their drones."