Starting this week, DJI drone pilots will be able to use a virtual license plate with the latest update of the DJI Go App and the drones firmware. Drones pilots can then activate an electronic identifier which can be read out by authorities from radio communication between the pilot and the drone via DJIs Aeroscope.
Possible settings for the electronic identification by the pilot
Pilots can choose whether a UUID (Unique User Identification), i. e. a unique ID linked to the user&s DJI GO account, should be sent. Furthermore, there are the fields "Identification" and "Flight Information", in which the user can enter information to identify his drone and voluntarily provide further information about the flight. DJI advises pilots to release such information, especially when flying in sensitive areas.
Authorities can then read out this information from the data traffic between the pilot and drone from a distance of up to 5 kilometres via DJI&s aeroscope radio receiver. The maximum range of Aeroscope can be extended by additional antennas. Other readable information includes basic telemetric data such as GPS position, altitude, speed, flight direction and model name, registration or serial number.
DJI is trying to make it easier for authorities to enforce air traffic laws and to refute concerns about drones in order to avoid even stricter laws that could affect the further sale of drones.