At AirWorks, DJI launched a disaster relief program for U.S. first responders that would give selected partners access to DJI hardware and software during and after major disasters. To date, at least 278 people around the world have been rescued from peril by drones and this program will ensure that many more lives are saved by mitigating the risks to emergency responders on the ground and on the front lines of natural disasters.
The technology distributed through the program will include Matrice 200 series and Mavic 2 Enterprise series drones, accessories, batteries and visual and thermal cameras. The program will also include DJI’s Government Edition, FlightHub drone fleet management software and its AeroScope for airspace management and unauthorized drone detection and mitigation. In addition, DJI will provide technical support, repair services, and on-site assistance to help organizations more effectively and efficiently deploy drone technology in times of need.
DJI's recently launched a "Government Edition" drone system whose unique architecture ensures that drone data - including photos and videos captured during flight - never leave the drone and therefore can never be shared with unauthorized parties including DJI.
Initial participants include local government agencies in California already working with DJI as development partners -- Los Angeles Fire Department, Menlo Park Fire Protection District and Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. Other program participants are the Public Safety Unmanned Response Team North Texas, an organization composed of drone pilots from north central fire, police and emergency management entities, select DJI Enterprise partners, and UAS service provider in the public-safety sector..
A disaster relief program for Canada has yet to be announced. However, DJI will likely continues to support government departments and organizations across the world to encourage drone-use during natural disasters.