DJI, the Chinese drone company is developing something more convenient for sensitive government and enterprise customers, that is, a new local data mode that stops internet traffic to and from its flight control apps. and also to provide enhanced data privacy assurance.
DJI’s flight control apps routinely communicate over the internet to ensure a drone has the most relevant local maps and geofencing data, latest app versions, correct radio frequency and power requirements, and other information that enhances flight safety and functionality. When a pilot enables local data mode, DJI apps will stop sending or receiving any data over the internet, giving customers enhanced assurances about the privacy of data generated during their flights.
“We are pleased about how rapidly DJI’s customer base has expanded from hobbyists and personal drone pilots to include professional, commercial, government and educational users,” said Jan Gasparic, DJI head of enterprise partnership. “As more of these customers have asked for additional assurances about how their data is handled, DJI has moved to address their needs by developing local data mode to provide enhanced data management options for customers who want to use them.”
The local data mode feature will be on the DJI apps including DJI GO, DJI GO 4, DJI XT Pro, DJI Pilot and Ground Station Pro in the coming weeks. The feature may not be available in places where internet is required or highly advisable due to local regulations or requirements.