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Jan 03, 2016, 12:37 PM
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Official DJI GEO System - News, Public Beta and information


HOW GEO WORKS
Geospatial information in GEO is categorized in one of three ways:


Warning Zone. In these Zones, which may not necessarily appear on the DJI GO map, users will be prompted with a warning message that may be relevant to their flight. Example Warning Zone: A protected wildlife area.

Authorization Zone. In these Zones, which appear yellow in the DJI GO map, users will be prompted with a warning and flight is limited by default. Authorization Zones may be unlocked by authorized users using a DJI verified account. Example Authorization Zone: Model aircraft flying club near an airport.

Restricted Zone. In these Zones, which appear red the DJI GO app, users will be prompted with a warning and flight is prevented. Example Restricted Zone: Washington D.C. If you believe you have authorization to operate in a Restricted Zone, please contact [email protected]

The GEO system is advisory only. Sometimes the Zones in GEO do not necessarily match the parameters or shape of official geospatial features due to an abundance of caution or technical reasons. Each user is responsible for checking official sources and determining what laws or regulations might apply to their flight.


ACCOUNT VERIFICATION
Verifying your DJI account is easy and free. You will need a valid credit card or a mobile phone that receives text messages. Verification can be done via the DJI.com website, or within the DJI GO app when attempting to unlock a Zone.



UNLOCKING AN AUTHORIZATION ZONE WITH A DJI VERIFIED ACCOUNT
Unlocking an Authorization Zone requires a DJI user account verified with a credit card, debit card or mobile phone number. DJI does not collect nor store this information, which is verified by a third party service. Verification is free. A verified account is required only if attempting to fly in an Authorization Zone.



When your aerial system approaches, or is already within, an Authorization Zone, you will be prompted with a warning and the opportunity to unlock the Zone.

Unlocking an Authorization Zone is instantaneous using DJI Go when you are ready to fly within, or when your aerial system flies towards, an Authorization Zone. Unlocking lasts 24 hours and takes just a few taps on the screen. For users who plan to fly in an Authorization Zone without having a live connection to the internet, you may use the online advance flight planner. You may schedule a maximum of 30 simultaneous flight plans, each lasting a maximum period of three days.

You may preview on this map [link] how areas near you are categorized in GEO. Note that GEO will first be launched in North America and Europe. The map does not reflect how GEO will be implemented in other countries in the future. It is also subject to change based on feedback during the beta period.

FLIGHT PLANNER



Unlock Authorization Zones in areas without an Internet connection in advance with the Flight Planner. By unlocking prior to a flight, you acknowledge you are choosing not to receive updated information from GEO and may miss relevant information about your intended flight area. Each user is responsible for checking official sources and determining what flight restrictions might apply to the flight area at the time of flight.

The flight planner currently in beta allows you to unlock an Authorization Zone up to 3 days in advance, with an unlock period of up to 24 hours. A maximum of 30 flight plans may be scheduled at once.

Please watch the video below for more information on the DJI GEO System.
(29 min 39 sec)


FAQ

What is GEO beta version mean ?

DJI is offering this "beta" version of DJI GO with GEO “as is” and without any warranties. In no event will DJI be liable to you or any third party for any damages or liability related to, arising out of, or caused by this beta software and/or any modification, suspension, or termination thereof. Upon completion of the beta period, you may lose access to applicable features. You are required to accept the full Terms of Use to use this software. If you are concerned about the possibility of errors or bugs that may impact your planned operations, we encourage you to await the final release of the GEO system which will incorporate user feedback received during the beta period.


What is the GEO Information System?

The GEO system is a best-in-class geospatial information system that provides DJI pilots with information that will help them make smart decisions about where and when to fly. It combines up-to-date airspace information, a warning and flight-restriction system, a mechanism for unlocking (self-authorizing) aerial system flights in locations where flight is permitted under certain conditions, and a minimally-invasive accountability system for those decisions. This is an implementation of what is commonly referred to as “geofencing” and replaces our first-generation “No Fly Zone” geofencing system that DJI invented and implemented in its multirotors in 2013.


With what aerial systems will DJI GEO work?

For now, since the system will be available through an upgrade of our DJI GO app and product firmware, the new geofencing system will work with our Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 products and, we expect, our future generations of products.


How will live updates work?

The latest information on temporary flight restrictions in the location of a planned flight will be sent to DJI pilots via the DJI GO app.


How will DJI designate different locations?

Some areas will be designated as Warning locations to make operators aware of potential concerns that are not primarily safety-related (for example, a protected wildlife area). Other areas, such as those surrounding airports, will be Authorization Zones, where the aerial system can’t be flown without taking additional steps to “unlock” the Zone using a verified account. The remaining category will be Restricted Zones where the aerial system will not operate and no unlocking is possible for security reasons, such as Washington, D.C.


What types of locations will be included?

Our primary focus is on aviation safety and national security. DJI will include airports, prohibited and restricted airspace, national security sites, prisons, and power plants, among other locations. Additionally, when a user is connected to the internet, GEO will provide live guidance on temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) to inform users and help prevent inadvertent flight, including TFRs relating to forest fires, major league sporting events, and other changing conditions.


So DJI will tell me what the aviation regulations are?

No. The GEO system is advisory only. Each operator is responsible for checking official sources and determining what laws or regulations might apply to his or her flight. In some instances, DJI has selected widely-recommended general parameters (such as a five-mile radius at airports) without making any determination of whether this guidance matches regulations that may apply specifically to you. Also, to the extent understanding the applicable regulations involves interpreting statutory or regulatory language, operators must make their own interpretation, or seek guidance from regulators or an attorney. We expect to continue to work collaboratively with aviation authorities around the world to determine what kind of guidance to aerial system operators would be most effective at promoting safe and responsible flying.


I am authorized to fly closer than five miles from an airport. How will this work?

In Authorization Zones such as the one you mention, an operator simply needs a verified DJI account and uses the DJI GO application to unlock the area. Making sure that you are authorized is your responsibility.


How do I verify my DJI account?

By providing a credit card, debit card, or mobile phone number. DJI will not collect or store this information. We may add other verification methods in the future.


I’m a commercial operator. Does this apply to me?

The GEO system will provide the same information to every operator. We understand that regulations may vary depending on whether your operation is commercial, recreational, educational, humanitarian, or governmental. DJI is, by far, the most popular brand in all categories, which is why our system will allow for flexible unlocking based on operator judgment. Also, a multirotor used on Sunday for recreation might be used on Wednesday for business. Because the main functionality of geofencing is to provide information and assist in preventing unintended operations in areas that raise concerns, the system generally has been designed with newcomer recreational operators in mind. Commercial operators are generally expected to research and know about restrictions and conditions that may apply to their operations. The unlocking mechanism allows each user to make an appropriate individual operational decision independent of the guidance that is provided by DJI.


Will GEO prevent me from flying in places where I could fly before?

We are expanding the number and types of areas that are included, but also providing a self-authorizing unlock feature. That means, by simply using a verified account, you will actually be able to fly in more locations than you can today under our current system, including indoor locations that happen to be near airports. You may need to complete a few additional steps, but we think that extra work helps increase awareness of safety concerns. If you aren’t able to unlock an area, it may be because your location is particularly sensitive (such as the area near Washington, D.C.), or because the regulations have changed.


What if I find an error?

DJI will create an error-reporting system. We want our new system to be as accurate and helpful as possible. The unlocking mechanism should allow you to fly in these locations, based on your own judgment, while DJI evaluates your error report.


Will this cost me anything?

No. There will be no charge to upgrade to the new GEO system, assuming your DJI equipment is compatible with the upgrade. Verifying your account with a credit card will not result in a charge. The credit card is used only as a credential to verify the account. Your carrier’s standard text message rates apply to verification that uses SMS or text messaging communications.


I usually fly without an Internet-connected device or in a location without data coverage. How will I use the system?

We have developed a tool that allows you to unlock Authorization Zones in advance of your operation. See the page for more detail.


Where is GEO implemented?

Initially, we are starting with North America and Europe. We expect to add other regions in the near future, and will make announcements. Also, airport locations in the existing system will be updated elsewhere worldwide, even in locations where GEO is not implemented at first.


Is this related to the FAA UAS registration initiative?


No. This is an unrelated industry-led approach to operator education, responsibility, and accountability, and has been under development since the summer. DJI will not require governmental registration in order to use GEO. If and when a registration system is implemented for aerial systems, we will evaluate whether it may be used to enhance the functionality of GEO. We do not feel that disclosure of the personal identification of pilots is required in order to create a framework for safe aerial system operations.


Are you going to turn over my information to the government?

In general, not unless there is a specific reason to. In the event of an aviation safety or law enforcement investigation that compels us to disclose information, our verification partner may provide information about the credit card or mobile phone number used to verify the DJI account that unlocked an Authorization Zone at the location, date, and time in question. This creates a path to accountability in the event of an incident without requiring burdensome up-front collection of personal information, and we feel strikes the right balance at this time. Our observation is that the vast, vast majority of aerial system operators are responsible community citizens who follow the rules as well as common sense, and therefore it is only necessary to create an accountability mechanism when the operation occurs in a location that raises an aviation safety or security concern. We think our customers deserve the benefit of the doubt, and an accountability system that is minimally invasive.


Does this mean DJI supports a legal mandate for geofencing?

No. Based on years of actual customer user experience, we feel that mandatory geofencing that unconditionally restricts device functionality based on geography alone is the wrong approach in most cases. This technology is being used by a wide variety of operators, who have differing types of authorization that can also vary by date and time. In virtually every area that might be a good candidate for a geofence, we have encountered authorized operators worldwide already engaged in compelling applications. Restricting the use of aerial system technology based on geographic location alone is not a good solution to the concerns that have recently been raised, and will hobble the beneficial future uses of a technology that is still in its infancy.


Is DJI implementing AirMap's system?

No. AirMap is our airspace data provider for information such as airport locations and TFRs. The public site at AirMap.io is for its own demonstration purposes and is not representative of what data is used by GEO or how DJI has implemented that data. DJI may also add to the data provided by AirMap. To see a representation of the locations included in GEO you should consult this map, not AirMap.io.

Updated: 7/7/16


On July 5, DJI introduced an improved version of our geofencing system in the latest update to the DJI GO app in the U.S. and Europe. As we mentioned when we released the update, our goal was – and always will be – safety. We want customers to fly responsibly, while still enabling full capabilities of our aerial platforms.



Geospatial Online Environment introduced flexibility for DJI drone operators, allowing them to unlock some geofenced locations where they have permission to operate. And it improved upon our previous geofencing technology, by including live, updated information about temporary flight restrictions.



For DJI customers, GEO is an excellent solution to make educated and informed flight decisions easier than ever. But we recognize that our vast range of global customers spans everyone from occasional recreational users all the way to certified commercial operators who fly for a living. Your needs are largely -- but not always -- the same.



For operators who are still not able to access or unlock areas where they are authorized to fly, please send a note to us at [email protected] with your requests. We pledge to work with you to the best of our ability to help you fly where you’re authorized to fly.


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Jan 03, 2016, 12:51 PM
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Thanks for starting an offical thread.
Jan 03, 2016, 12:52 PM
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OK, I'll open with a question.

Is there a DJI rep that will make his oath that the new GEO system is not nose of the "Pay to Fly" camel protruding under the tent flap?
Jan 03, 2016, 12:58 PM
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Question,

Since the exact dimensions of controlled airspace is noted on World Aeronautical Charts, VFR Sectional Charts, and defined by airspace class in the Airman's Information Manual and FAR's, why can't manufacturers implementing a mandatory Go Fencing systems use that existing information to construct a Geo Fence system that accurately matches the restricted airspace to the inverse of what is legally and geographically defined as restricted/controlled in all dimensions? A reply that states something other than, "our way is easier" would be appreciated.

I believe the question is relevant because if users of multirotors are expected to comply with federal aviation regulations they should have to abide by a single set of regulations that pertain to pilots, aviation, and airspace, not an arbitrary set of rules developed and implemented by an agency or business not directly part of the federal legislative process. One set of rules for everyone unless and until actual laws are implemented that provide for difference in aircraft and operating practices.

Thank you.
Jan 03, 2016, 12:59 PM
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A topic with 24 pages of questions and concernes. Feel free to use.
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2572275
The best will be merging threads with a DJI official post on TOP.
Jan 03, 2016, 01:05 PM
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For Beta purposes,will DJI be making an IOS version available in the near future?
Jan 03, 2016, 01:06 PM
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OK, I'll open with a question.

Is there a DJI rep that will make his oath that the new GEO system is not nose of the "Pay to Fly" camel protruding under the tent flap?
Please review above. There will be no cost to the end user using this system.
Jan 03, 2016, 01:06 PM
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For Beta purposes,will DJI be making an IOS version available in the near future?
Hopefully I will have more information on that in the next day or two.
Jan 03, 2016, 01:07 PM
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Hopefully I will have more information on that in the next day or two.
Thanks Blade.
Jan 03, 2016, 01:12 PM
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How will the new authorization work with 3rd party apps built with the sdk? Especially for authorization done via website?
Jan 03, 2016, 01:27 PM
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OK i will try to sum my concernes.

1. The power decision is moved from a UAV operator to DJI.
For now, DJI hardware is unlocked by a default, after move into Geofence, the decision will be on DJI side. Hardware will be locked by default.
If DJI fall, the user will stay with locked device

Yes, there are few locked areas, but these areas are a few for entire countries and they are over airports. This is not a big problem and everyone can understand this security concern.
At now you can also unlock these areas or demand.

2. Why self-authorisation is on server-side?
Self-authorisation could be made by a client-side 'checkbox', without any server-side data transmissions.
In both cases, with client-side my proposition and Your server side, the customer is will be warned about potential risk, and can self-authorise his action.
Authorisation servers are in foreign country and they are provided by a third party company. This is a big 'privacy' deal.

My proposition:
a) Make your yellow authorisation area as a green area and give users a warning pop-up withc a client-side authorisation checkbox.
b) Make CTR airports zones, and other critical zones a yellow zones with server-side authorisation as You propose.

3. Why almost all countries are locked?
In current solution, there is a few NFZ in my coutry. Airports and stadiums. Why in a geofence system almost all country is locked?
This problem is not touching only Poland, but also Greece, Bulgaria, Cypr, UK.. and others. Just look at current and new map

4. As you wrote, You will provide a data about users and authorisation for Governments.
This can break the presumption of innocence rule.

In a cause of any air incident, independently of the cause and used UAV (or even bird), every user who authorised the area will be called by a Police, questioned, he spend propably a day in jail and his equipment will be confiscated for a long time analysis.

Your system can expose Your customers for inconveniences and financial loss.

I have huge concerns, Your new system is made for tracking people, and collectind a data what could be used against Your customer
Geofence will help to find a scapegoats and start a whitchhunting.

Of course there should not be any serious any incident. A basis for this action could be a dissatisfied owner of area where UAV are flying (even if UAV can fly over that area) or a competition. Their intentions could not be lawful.

5. You are changing a product already sold.
This is a deal breaking change. Your customers who already bought Your equipment, bought it unlocked and free to use.
Your Geofence systems is changing a deal, it is transfering a power of decision what i wrote in point 1.

What if i do not want Geofence and i want to stay in current rules?

6. Geofence system is not required by any law in any country. The air law both US, Poland and other countries is making UAV operator responsible for his actions and local authorities could authorise a flight or not.
There is not a role for DJI. The law does not require it.

Any other UAV manufacturer is not locking devices and do not require self-authorisations server-side system, placed in a foreign country.

7. Why are you not want to allow permanent unlock NFZ mechanizm for a people with UAV operator licence?
UAV operator is alltime responsible for his actions, independently if DJI provide self-authorisation service or not.
Last edited by Kyokushin; Jan 03, 2016 at 01:41 PM.
Jan 03, 2016, 01:32 PM
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For Beta purposes,will DJI be making an IOS version available in the near future?
Tuesday, but that could be beta, not public beta. Which would be an interesting choice given the fact that Android has been released.
Jan 03, 2016, 01:33 PM
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Maybe it's time to switch out the flight controller to something like the Vector?Kind of a bummer to buy something and then have it crippled by the manufacter.
Jan 03, 2016, 02:09 PM
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For the record, I do have an issue if this is being rolled out in areas where there is not ample cell service, specifically in countries beyond the initial United Arab Emirates
North America, and Europe. A three day unlock period is not sufficient to reach some of the areas I travel and it is nearly impossible to plan that far ahead in countries like Africa with only a three day window. There needs to be further thought on this before it is rolled out in remote locations - especially since the unlock keys are transferred only after GPS lock over a data connection.
Jan 03, 2016, 02:14 PM
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Guess I'm in the minority on this thread. I have no issue with GEO and feel it has reached a very fair balance. I have reviewed the program in depth and participated in the beta. Some will call me ignorant. Or maybe even arrogant. And actually I just may be in the majority.

No problem giving up my phone number, no problem with authorizations. Like the fact DJI is concerned about safety and implementing ahead of government.
However, I will continue to listen to all but I'm sure the end state will be a fair balance with a little tweaking. Of course, like always there will be very unhappy people. They will be the loud voice. There will be conspiracy theorists also.

This may agitate some. Just posting my and my friends personal opinion.


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