DJI Expands ‘No-Fly Zone’ Tech, Keeps You Away from Wildfires and More


Drone maker DJI wants you to fly their drones safely, which is why they just updated their GEO geofencing tech to keep you away from nuclear power plants, prisons, ‘national security events,’ wildfires and more.

As drones grow in popularity and ‘incidents’ like this one become more common, DJI is doing its best to keep up. That’s where the newest version of the 3-year-old “no-fly zone” GEO System comes in.

Released today and available on the latest DJI GO app update, the technology just got a lot more customizable. Not only did they add permanent restrictions around locations like nuclear power plants and other so-called “sensitive locations,” the app also automatically updates with “temporary” restrictions around things like sports games, “national security events,” and wildfires.


Certain restrictions can be lifted—for instance, a pilot with a verified DJI account can “unlock” your drone for airport use—while others cannot. “Areas that raise national security concerns, such as Washington, D.C., cannot be unlocked,” writes DJI.

“Safety is DJI’s top priority, which is why we first introduced geofencing technology three years ago and have been steadily refining the industry’s best technology to enhance aviation safety,” Brendan Schulman, DJI Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs, said in a statement. “Drone pilots want to fly safely, and our GEO system helps DJI customers fly responsibly.”

The update works with all DJI Inspire, Phantom 4, Phantom 3 Professional, and Phantom 3 Advanced models, but you’ll have to update the DJI GO app and the firmware for your controller and the drone itself.

To learn more about DJI’s GEO System, click here.

(via Amateur Photographer)

Image credits: DJI Inspire 1 by Andri Koolme.