DJI launches AeroScope to ID and track drones
DJI has announced AeroScope, a new technology it has developed that will identify and track airborne drones. Stating that AeroScope ‘addresses a need for accountability’, AeroScope works alongside existing technology to identify drones – and by extension their operators – to prevent situations where civilian drone pilots can fly their UAVs too close to military or commercial aircraft. DJI says that AeroScope will in fact be able to identify two-thirds of all drones in the world – largely because these are DJI’s drones and it commands the marketplace. AeroScope uses the existing communications link between a drone and its remote controller to broadcast identification information such as a registration or serial number, as well as basic telemetry, including location, altitude, speed and direction. Because AeroScope transmits on a DJI drone’s existing communications link, it does not require new on-board equipment or modifications, nor does it require extra steps or costs to be incurred by drone operators.