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Wildfire-Avoiding Drones

'DJI' Drones Will Receive Alerts from the US Department of the Interior

— July 20, 2016 — Tech
DJI drones will now incorporate wildfire alerts into their geofencing data, keeping unauthorized drones from entering dangerous areas and interfering with firefighting operations. The development comes in partnership with AirMap, "the world's leading provider of airspace intelligence and navigation services to unmanned aircraft," according to the DJI press release.

With drones becoming more common among consumers, there have been many recent issues with airspace regulation, including drones flying near airports, prisons or nuclear power plants. Since fighting wildfires requires aerial technology, it is essential that those airspaces remain clear. AirMap's wildfire information will come directly from the US Department of the Interior, meaning that DJI drones will have the most current navigation data available. When a wildfire is nearby, the DJI drones' app will alert its user to the fire and instruct them to steer clear.

This product development shows the capability of wireless technology to contribute to public safety in a meaningful way.
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