Earlier this year, DJI introduced a geofencing system for its drone. Basically what this feature does is that it allows DJI to create virtual fences around areas that are restricted, such as airports, so that when drone pilots attempt to fly there, they will not be able to. It can also issue warnings to drone operators to let them know that they’re not allowed to fly there.
Now with the 2016 Rio Olympics kicking off, it looks like DJI has decided to expand its geofencing to the Olympic games where drones will be put on a temporary restriction during the games. This isn’t new as TechCrunch points out that DJI enacted similar measures for the G7 Summit in Japan and the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer tournament in France.
The restricted areas were established with coordinates provided by the Brazilian military and they are expected to be in place until August 21st in areas such as Rio de Janerio, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Manaus, and Salva. We suppose these restrictions make sense as it can get dangerous if there are too many drones in the area who are all trying to get their own shot.
We’ve already seen how a rogue drone or two can hinder rescue efforts, so imagine a huge sporting event like the Olympics which would no doubt bring out drone owners in droves.