Starting next month, DJI will begin updating its Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) to version 2.0. GEO 2.0 will feature improved geofencing to provide safety for airplanes in critical areas.

The new system expands its level of accuracy by replacing simple radial area restrictions with complex polygonal regions. This provides both greater accuracy when setting boundaries and also opens up previously restricted but safe to fly in airspace.

“DJI is proud to once again lead the industry in developing proactive solutions for safety and security concerns,” said Brendan Schulman, DJI Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs. “This is an enormous step forward for safely integrating drones into the airspace based on a more finely-tuned evaluation of risks associated with aircraft approaching and departing different types of airports.”

DJI will be shifting away from AirMap as its airspace data provider and instead be utilizing PrevisionHawk’s Low Altitude Traffic and Airspace Safety (LATAS) platform. LATAS was tested under the FAA’s Pathfinder Program as part of the effort to develop technologies to facilitate safe beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations.

“PrecisionHawk has a corporate commitment to safely integrating drones into the airspace and enabling complex operations. Through our work under the FAA Pathfinder Program, we have shown how technology can play a critical role in unlocking advanced operations, including beyond visual line of sight flight,” said Diana Cooper, Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy at PrecisionHawk. “After years of development and testing, we are excited to leverage our Low Altitude Traffic and Airspace Safety (LATAS) platform to support DJI’s customers in conducting safe drone operations across North America.”

DJI also reached out to the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association (AOPA) and the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) for additional guidance about air traffic and airports.

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