AirMap and DJI have partnered to add real-time wildfire alerts to the latter company’s geofencing system for unmanned aerial vehicles in an effort to help operators avoid flying UAVs near wildfire-fighting locations, HSToday reported Wednesday.
Amanda Vicinanzo writes AirMap works to gather wildfire information from the U.S. Interior Department and transmits the data to DJI’s Geospatial Environment Online platform via the GO flight management application.
“DJI wants to equip its customers with safety-critical information that will help our first responders, whether or not a Temporary Flight Restriction has been issued,” said Brendan Schulman, vice president of policy and legal affairs at DJI.
“Through our partnership with DJI and other drone manufacturers and application developers, more than 70 percent of the drones operated in the United States now benefit from wildfire information in real time,” said AirMap CEO Ben Marcus.
DJI’s GO app is designed to help pilots keep unmanned aircraft away from sensitive locations such as airports, detention facilities and nuclear power plants without authorization.