The drone maker released the technology shortly after announcing their new drone camera

DJI has announced new technology to allow users to identify and monitor airborne drones in their latest move to address safety, security and privacy concerns.

Drones are becoming more popular as everyday objects and, as a result, security concerns are being raised about the regulation and use of them.

The technology is called AeroScope and works by using the existing communications link between a drone and its remote controller to broadcast identification information that agencies like police, security and aviation authorities can access.

This includes information such as the registration, serial number and basic telemetry, including location, altitude, speed and direction. It has been installed at two international airports since April, 2017.

DJI vice president for policy and legal affairs Brendan Schulman said: “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.”

An AeroScope receiver plots the location of a drone on a map along with the registration number, which works as the equivalent of a drone license plate



It works with all current models of DJI drones through their existing technology.

The Chinese manufacturer also assured users that privacy will be protected with most drone flights not automatically recorded in government databases due to them being broadcast to local receivers rather than internet-based providers.

“The rapid adoption of drones has created new concerns about safety, security and privacy, but those must be balanced against the incredible benefits that drones have already brought to society,” added Mr Schulman.

“Electronic drone identification, thoughtfully implemented, can help solve policy challenges, head off restrictive regulations, and provide accountability without being expensive or intrusive for drone pilots.”

Before you fly your own drone, be certain to check out our guidelines on UK laws and regulations abroad.