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DJI unveils UAV traffic tracking system

Aeroscope will operate on the 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz Wi-Fi bands and broadcast each drone’s “position, altitude, direction and speed, make and model, serial number, and any additional ID info that pilots wants to provide,” DJI’s policy veep Brendan Schulman told us this afternoon in Brussels. “Additional ID info” could include things such as the drone’s registration number, if that was a requirement, or contact details for the pilot if he wanted to include that.

Conceptually, the system will operate in the same manner as manned aviation TCAS (traffic collision and avoidance systems), albeit on Wi-Fi bands rather than the 1.3GHz frequency reserved for TCAS. This, DJI told us, is because its drones are already fitted with Wi-Fi radios and using those bands avoids the problem of a hardware upgrade across hundreds of thousands of customer devices.

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School says talking drone tries to lure kids.

Windemere Community Learning Center is a quiet, neighborhood school in Akron, Ohio but school officials are on alert after reports of a drone allegedly attempting to lure kids off school grounds.

“Three to four times, they have seen a drone up over the playground,” said principal Megan Lee-Wilfong.

According to Lee-Wilfong, the drone has been spotted by both kids and adults during the evenings and over this past weekend.

“They shared with me that this drone has some type of voice capability and that they were communicating with the kids that were up here playing, talking to them,” said Lee-Wilfong.

Lee-Wilfong says several witnesses have claimed the voice has even tried to get kids off the playground.

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