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DJI is getting drawn into the U.S – China trade war as more U.S. government officials are increasingly concerned that DJI drones might be sending sensitive surveillance data back to mainland China. Earlier today, in an effort to stem the tide, DJI released two statements. The drone maker is introducing the DJI Government Edition and has sent a letter to the Senate Subcommittee to set the record straight “on incorrect claims presented during a hearing last week.” Furthermore, DJI is repurposing one of their warehouses in California to start building government drones right here in the United States. This is part 3 of 3.

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Earlier today, DJI introduced the DJI Government Edition on some of its drones to offer a level of data security that meets the “stringent requirements of the government sector for data management, risk mitigation, and enterprise-level data sharing control.” However, that is not all, in a letter to the Senate Subcommittee, DJI wants to set the record straight on incorrect claims presented during a hearing last week. This is part 2 of 3. Stay tuned.

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DJI Mavic Pro

DJI has sent out two important messages today in response to the growing concerns among U.S. government officials about data security. It is not the first time that these concerns have raised their heads. We first reported on this back in 2017, but recently, and because of the intensifying trade ware between the U.S. and China, the concerns about DJI drones possibly sending sensitive data back to mainland China have come back in focus. DJI is now responding with two messages and a Youtube video. The Chinese drone maker is introducing a DJI Government Edition and is setting the “record straight on incorrect speculation presented during U.S Senate hearing“. We will post DJI’s messages first before reporting on these matters in greater detail. This is part 1 of 3. Stay tuned.

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Drones used to inspect troubled bridges in South Carolina by researchers at Clemson University and the University of South Carolina. Once that project has been completed, the results will be handed over to the South Carolina Department of Transportation. The research team is using drones and robots in Lexington County to assess the bridges both below and above the water.

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June 22

The Department of Defense supports the use of drones on any CalFire operation until the end of the year. Previously, state officials would have to seek permission for every drone mission they wanted to perform. The permission to use drones to map California wildfires until the end of the year comes as a breakthrough. Especially now that drones have become standard equipment for fire departments to keep firefighters safe and to assist in search and rescue missions.

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Quantum drone to create unhackable communication network

Researchers in China are using drones as nodes in the development of an airborne quantum communications network. The article describes how such a network, using a quantum drone would be nigh unhackable.

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