DJI unveils new hardware and software tools for professional UAS operators

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In an effort to give professional UAS operators improved control, safety, and security for high-stakes missions, DJI unveiled new hardware and software tools on Thursday, Feb. 21.

DJI says that its new Matrice 200 Series V2 UAS are redesigned with better reliability, safety, and security features, while the FlightHub UAS operations management platform gives organizations more implementation control and data security assurances.

Together, these improvements allow commercial organizations to scale and manage their UAS programs while laying the technical foundations for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) and nighttime operations.

“As leading organizations have increased their drone fleets into the hundreds and thousands, they have asked for better ways to centrally manage drone operations and are using drones for applications that demand safer and more reliable drone technology,” explains Jan Gasparic, director of Strategic Partnerships at DJI.

“Our updated Matrice 200 Series drones are now better equipped for complex life-saving missions, flights over sensitive locations, and flights at night, while enhancements to DJI FlightHub give organizations more control over their drone fleets and the data they generate.”

A second-generation model, the Matrice 200 Series V2 retains its rugged all-weather design, simple setup and easy configuration, while upgrading important systems to provide safer, more reliable, and more secure operation.

Designed to be used for a variety of missions including, but not limited to, construction and infrastructure inspection, public safety and search and rescue, the Matrice 200 Series V2 features a variety of improvements, including reliable transmission, data security, and flight performance.

Combined, these improvements lay the “technical foundations for more advanced drone operations,” DJI says, starting with the inclusion of night flight-enabling anti-collision beacons to DJI’s newest enterprise UAS, including the Mavic 2 Enterprise and the Matrice 200 Series V2.

The combination of the anti-collision beacon and improved transmission range with its pre-existing DJI AirSense ADS-B receiver system for traditional aircraft detection and FlightAutonomy obstacle sensing system makes the Matrice 200 Series V2 ready to support BVLOS operations.

“These innovations will open countless opportunities for organizations and the general public to benefit from the life-saving uses of drone technology, and DJI is proud to help pave the way for regulators to create clear pathways for operators to receive approval to conduct advanced drone operations,” says Brendan Schulman, Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs at DJI.

According to DJI, organizations can efficiently manage all aspects of their commercial UAS operations from a single platform with the DJI FlightHub software. As a web-based service, FlightHub Basic and Advanced have provided the capability to oversee live operations, manage flight data, manage fleets and pilots, and effectively plan operations.

The new FlightHub Enterprise has other features that give commercial operators more control over their implementations and data security, including private cloud hosting, firmware management, and mission planning.

Together, these updates make FlightHub Enterprise valuable to a variety of commercial and industrial customers using UAS technology for increasingly sensitive missions.

“Drones are an important tool for our customers because they deliver information that transforms how they make decisions, help keep people safe, and ensure business assets are at peak performance,” says Brandon Torres Declet, CEO and co-Founder of Measure, which specializes in aerial intelligence technologies.

“Our customers want the process of adopting drone technology to be simple, safe, and secure. By integrating FlightHub Enterprise into Measure’s services and our all-in-one drone software platform Ground ControlTM, our customers now will have unprecedented control and insight at their fingertips.”

FlightHub Enterprise and the Matrice 200 Series V2 UAS are now available across the world.