monitoring drones, DJI AeroScope

AeroScope / DJI

DJI has “quietly” discontinued AeroScope, the Verge reports, noting that the DJI website says the product is no longer available.

DJI has stopped production of the AeroScope system, which offered one of the first solutions for detecting a drone’s pilot.  Introduced in 2017 as a “drone license plate” technology, AeroScope was developed as a way of meeting the needs of law enforcement officials to track the pilots of unlawfully operated aircraft while balancing the privacy needs of pilots.  From the launch statement in 2017:

DJI is introducing new features to the DJI AeroScope remote identification system that functions as an “electronic license plate” for drones. The new features allow drone pilots to voluntarily identify their flight operations to authorities while still protecting their privacy.

AeroScope is a system that remotely identifies and tracks airborne drones, allowing law enforcement and aviation safety officials to respond…