Called the DJI Government Edition, the new drone solution was created specifically for use in high-security situations by government agencies around the world. While the company’s customers have always had full control over how the data they generate with drones is collected, stored, and transmitted, says the company, the Government Edition’s 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.

This architecture is designed to ensure that the Government Edition meets the stringent data security requirements of government agencies for data management, risk mitigation, and enterprise-level data sharing control.

“DJI Government Edition allows government agencies to serve the public more efficiently and effectively using the industry’s most widely-adopted drone technology, while maintaining total control over their data,” says Mario Rebello, Vice President and Regional Manager of North America at DJI. “This is DJI’s most secure drone solution to date because it prevents users from accidentally or even intentionally transferring data off of the drone to other parties.”

The Government Edition, says the company, empowers government agencies around the world to benefit from DJI’s civilian drone technology for use cases like agricultural analysis and infrastructure inspections to public land management and disaster response. The company developed the solution to meet the needs of the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Aviation Services, which operated more than 10,000 drone flights in 2018 alone.

The Government Edition drones were used in over 1,500 of those missions and their security has been validated through multiple audits performed by DOI’s external and internal partners, the company says. Key features of the Government Edition include:

  • No Data Transmission – A permanently enabled Local Data Mode within the custom DJI Pilot application prevents data transfer from the mobile application over the internet to third parties or to DJI.
  • Firmware Update Reviews – Government agency aviation and IT departments can review firmware updates in electronic isolation before applying them to their fleets, and have full control over how to validate them and when to install them on DJI drones.
  • Restricted Hardware Pairing – Drones and remote controllers running Government Edition solution firmware can only be linked with each other and are not compatible with other DJI products, preventing the use of unsecure hardware and unauthorized third-party applications.

The Government Edition is available for purchase through select authorized DJI Enterprise resellers worldwide.


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