DJI has unveiled AeroScope, a new technology aimed at tracking and identifying DJI drones from afar. The new receiver will be able to identify the registration numbers of drones and plot them on a map using the existing communication links between a drone and its controller.
“As drones have become an everyday tool for professional and personal use, authorities want to be sure they can identify who is flying near sensitive locations or in ways that raise serious concerns,” said Brendan Schulman, DJI’s Vice President for Policy and Legal Affairs. “DJI AeroScope addresses that need for accountability with technology that is simple, reliable and affordable – and is available for deployment now.”
Police, aviation authorities, and other authorized parties will be able to use an AeroScope receiver. Since April this year, DJI have already installed the detectors at two international airports. With a drone colliding with a passenger plane just last week, many more airports around the world may be interested in installing AeroScopes as well.
The receivers are capable of immediately detecting a drone as it powers on, plotting its location onto the map alongside its registration number. This is effectively a drone’s “license plate,” allowing authorities to determine the registered owner of the drone.
AeroScope will work with all of the current DJI drone models, requiring no modifications or adjustments to enable detection. DJI says that analysts found this to be “over two-thirds of the global civilian drone market.”