August 4, 2016 – DJI, the world’s leading maker of unmanned aerial vehicles, has updated software in its drones to include no-fly zones around venues for the upcoming international athletic competitions in Brazil. These temporary restrictions in Rio de Janerio, Sao Paulo, Brasilia and other Brazilian cities were put in place at the request of Brazilian authorities and will be in force for the duration of the competitive events.
“DJI is proud to work with Brazilian authorities to put temporary no-fly zones in place during this important time, in order to increase safety and security at high-profile locations and reduce the likelihood of drone operators inadvertently entering sensitive areas,” said Manuel Martinez, DJI Latin America Corporate Communications Director. “The overwhelming majority of DJI customers want to operate safely and within the law, and establishing clear no-fly zones helps reduce any potential for drone operations that could distract from the upcoming events.”
The coordinates of the no-fly zones were recommended by the Brazilian military, which is in charge of protecting airspace during the athletic events. They include six zones in Rio de Janerio and one zone each in Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Manaus and Salvador.
The temporary updates to DJI’s existing no-fly zone system are similar to those DJI has set up around other major events that have raised national security concerns this year, including political party conventions in the United States, the G7 Summit in Japan and the Euro 2016 football tournament in France.