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DJI sets no-fly zones for its drones in Brazil

DJI, the technology company that produces unmanned aerial vehicles, has placed temporary restrictions on its drones during the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

They company has updated software in its drones to include these no-fly zones around the venues that will host the upcoming international athletic competitions.

The temporary restrictions in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia and other Brazilian cities have been 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,” says Manuel Martinez, DJI Latin America Corporate Communications Director.

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 Janeiro and one zone each in Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Manaus and Salvador.

“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," he adds.

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.

In 2015, DJI partnered up with the startup AirMap, to initiate geofencing in areas where the flight of unauthorised drones could interfere with rescue missions and firefighting operations. The system in use in Brazil does not rely on AirMap.

The no fly zones and flight restrictions will be in place until the events are done around 21 August. 

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