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Geo-fence provides a virtual perimeter to real-world geographical areas, preventing drones from flying over there

The DJI drone manufacturer is improving the technology that prevents them from flying near airports.

The changes come after drones disrupted flights departing from Gatwick Airport in the United Kingdom in December.

A more sophisticated geo-fence system will create a prohibited 3D zone surrounding the flight paths of runways and other sensitive facilities.

This improves the simple circular structures previously used to block such areas.

The new system will apply in the 13 European countries covered by the original DJI geo-fence system and in 19 countries that previously did not benefit from the guarantees.

The system better reflected the actual security risks posed near airports and allowed more flexibility to fly drones in nearby areas, the company said.

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Geo-fencing around Gatwick using the old system

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Gatwick geo-fencing in the new system

Temporary flight restrictions will also be included in the redesign, which may be imposed during major events or natural disasters.

Christian Struwe, Policy Officer at DJI, said: "DJI is keen to ensure that safety remains the top priority as the European UAV industry innovates in new ways of using drones in an interesting and productive way.

"The introduction of state-of-the-art security features in even more countries will help the general public and drone operators."

He added: "The management of European airspace must support future advanced operations, such as automated flights and flights beyond the operator's field of vision, without imposing new ones. recreational and professional drone pilots who have made millions of safe and useful flights. "

The changes will come into effect later this month and customers must update their flight control application and flight software in order to receive updates.

The no-fly zones for airports were created by DJI in 2013, with the introduction of geo-fence in 2016. Since then, it has added no-fly zones to prisons and nuclear power plants.

The system uses GPS and other satellite navigation signals to prevent drones from flying near these sensitive locations or large-scale events.

The new technology was developed by the British company Altitude Angel.