DJI Technology, the maker of popular consumer drones including its Phantom line, is developing a new offline mode that it says will help it sell to privacy-conscious enterprise and government customers.
The move comes less than two weeks after the U.S. Army ordered its staff to stop using the Chinese manufacturer’s drones due to “cyber vulnerabilities.”
The company’s pilot app connects to its servers to do things like updating maps and real-time information about flight restrictions that exist in certain areas. However, this connection may put off buyers who have high security requirements around their drone usage.
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It was a tricky operation in heavy fog, but a company based in Holyrood, Edinburgh, Scotland recently used a drone to place a GPS tracker on an iceberg about two kilometres outside Petty Harbour.
Brian Lundrigan’s company, RPM Aerial Services, partnered with a GPS manufacturer in Nova Scotia for the pilot project, which aimed to find a safe way to place a tracker on an iceberg without getting too close to the often unpredictable masses of floating ice.
“It was fairly challenging. The biggest difficulty was depth perception when you’re a distance away from the iceberg, trying to see how close you are,”