Three years ago, AirMap announced its partnership with DJI to bring accurate, real-time airspace information to millions of drone operators around the world so that they could fly safely and with confidence through DJI’s geofencing system GEO. That same day, we also announced the AirMap SDK to support any drone manufacturer or application developer who wanted to bring airspace safety information to end users.
Since that time, the drone industry has grown and evolved rapidly. Consumer and prosumer drones are making way for high-powered and increasingly autonomous enterprise drone solutions, regulators are moving quickly to solve for the unique challenges that drones present for airspace systems worldwide, and airspace managers and authorities are fostering local drone economies with robust technology for drone traffic management.
AirMap has grown and evolved with the industry, building on our position as the leading airspace data provider to become the world’s leading UTM platform. AirMap has solutions for airspace management, registration, remote ID, tracking, traffic, and these are used for many types of missions including advanced BVLOS operations. AirMap APIs and SDKs are used by over 1,500 drone manufacturers and application developers to integrate AirMap UTM capabilities and services into their solutions. We’ve worked directly with airspace authorities globally to implement airspace management technology that gives drone operators and businesses a place to fly safely and in compliance with regulations. Hundreds of thousands of pilots around the world rely on the AirMap for Drones mobile app to discover airspace conditions, plan their flights, request authorization, and deconflict in-flight.
Today, DJI announced that they will work with another company to provide airspace data around airports for their own drones and drone software, and have stated that revised geofencing zones in the United States will be phased in starting next month.
DJI is a drone leader and innovator, and we are proud of our work together in pioneering solutions for drone safety. AirMap’s core business remains the same: opening the airspace for safe commercial drone operations worldwide. As such, AirMap partners and customers can expect the exact same AirMap experience that they rely on today through our applications as well as third-party applications powered by the AirMap Developer Platform. And drone operators can still fly their DJI drones directly from the AirMap for Drones mobile app for a seamless situational awareness experience.
If you have specific questions, concerns, or feedback about this announcement, the AirMap platform, or our vision for the future, please contact your AirMap representative. We welcome your input.