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DJI Introduces Self-ID Aeroscope Feature

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Last October DJI unveiled Aeroscope, a portable drone tracking system that could find any DJI drone within a 3.1 mile radius, regardless if it’s being flown online or in offline privacy mode. Now, they implemented a new feature that allows pilots to voluntarily identify their flight operations to authorities using Aeroscope. It basically let’s pilots wave a flag to claim that they are flying legally. This can be useful for drone pilots flying in sensitive areas like near airports. The new Aeroscope feature can be accessed in the latest DJI Go 4 app, and its aim is to help pilots and authorities maintain safe flights.

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Aeroscope was created as a balanced solution to address security and privacy concerns for local communities. It is equipped with technology that uses the communications link between a drone and its remote controller to track a DJI UAV. Once Aeroscope spots an intruding drone, information such as registration number, basic telemetry and location data are sent to the tracking device. Authorities can then contact police if required. Here is an inside look at Aeroscope through The Verge’s YouTube video:

In the YouTube video, a DJI Inspire flew in restricted airspace, and Aeroscope found the drone in real time. The receiver pinpointed the drone’s location with an icon. The Crystal Sky monitor then showed the pilots’ email, so the authorities were able to contact the droner via email.

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Screenshot of The Verge’s Aerscope video

What Happens After Aeroscope Tracks a Drone Down?

Pilots who are caught flying in restricted airspace will be notified by email to obtain a proper license to fly in that area. If drones haven’t been registered, then the email won’t show up on Aeroscope. Depending on the situation, local police may get involved, but misdemeanors will probably just result in a warning. If pilots fly on military bases without permission, then they will most likely get shot down.

How to Access the New Aeroscope Feature

Pilots must update the DJI GO 4 app, then find “remote identification” menu in the main controller settings. The menu will allow pilots to broadcast their “UUID,” a unique user identification code tied to each pilot’s DJI account. The default setting disables the broadcast of personal information, but drone pilots may choose to share more about themselves through “Identification & Flight Information.”

The new Aeroscope feature was created to make it easier for authorities to differentiate legal flights from illegal flights. With the anticipated rise of consumer drones, Aeroscope will be used to ensure drone safety.

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