DJI has introduced their next generation of enterprise solutions. At a launch event today, the drone industry was introduced to a new drone from DJI and a suite of new enterprise products: the Matrice 30 Enterprise, along with the DJI Dock for remote operations, a new RC controller, and the new Zenmuse H20N sensor, giving “starlight vision” to the DJI M300 RTK drone.
DJI calls the new products “an all-in-one solution for professional drone operators” combining a sophisticated, cutting edge aircraft with a “fully remote fleet management system and an autonomous docking and recharging station.
This integrated solution unlocks powerful new functionality for Enterprise drone users such as public safety agencies, infrastructure inspectors and energy operators, allowing them to build next-generation operations that finally unlock the full potential of DJI’s transformative technology.”
The new drone from DJI enters the “drone-in-a-box” field, allowing totally remote operations – critical as a ruling on BVLOS flight gets closer in the US and around the world.
“DJI Enterprise is devoted to researching and developing new drone solutions explicitly designed to revolutionize work, helping everyday heroes in their missions saving lives, maintaining physical infrastructure, and preserving the natural environment. With the outstanding performance, transportability and ease of use of the DJI Matrice 30 drone and its perfect integration with the DJI FlightHub 2 Fleet Management Cloud Software and DJI Dock, DJI is stepping into the future for our Enterprise customers who will be able to enter the autonomous solutions space, creating possibilities to fly beyond visual line of sight with the appropriate regulatory permissions in place,” said Christina Zhang, Senior Director, Corporate Strategy at DJI. “We are proud to deliver the next generation of aerial tools that will save lives and bring work to new heights, with a 360-degree product solution suite for a variety of fields such as energy inspection, emergency rescue missions, environmental protection, and the digitization and preservation of cultural heritage.”
The New Drone from DJI: Matrice 30 “A Mighty, Versatile, Transportable Commercial Drone”
The new DJI Matrice 30 fits in a backpack, integrates multiple high-performance sensors into one single camera payload, is controlled with an ingenious redesigned remote control and runs on upgraded Pilot 2 software. “The M30 model offers much more power, endurance and capability for rugged professional uses, while its size makes it ideal for easy transportation and fast setup.”
The DJI Dock is a game-changing development for DJI, putting them into the arena for fully remote operations. This is a highly valuable set of applications, enabling security and inspection missions on remote sites: but these applications require a secure, weather-proof system as well as sophisticated software. With the M30, DJI will compete against Israeli company Percepto and other drone-in-a-box solutions currently used for industrial inspections.
The M30 series comes in two versions, the M30 and the M30T1. The M30 model integrates a 48 megapixel 1/2” CMOS sensor zoom camera with 5×~16× optical and 200× digital zoom, a 12 megapixel wide-angle camera, 8k photo 4K/30 fps video resolution, and a laser rangefinder which can give the precise coordinates of objects up to 1,200 meters away. The M30T features an additional 640×512 px radiometric thermal camera.
From the DJI Press Release – All the Features and a Ton of Images:
A Robust, Safe and Reliable Aerial Platform with Extraordinary Resistance
With IP55 ingress protection, the M30 offers outstanding performance in harsh environments, in heavy rains, high winds, high altitudes, even in icy and snowy conditions and extreme temperatures from -20° C to 50° C.
The DJI M30 also offers an improved first-person view pilot camera for low light conditions, built- in redundancies and backup systems, three-propeller emergency landing, a Health Management System, and six-way obstacle avoidance sensors enabling the pilot to focus on the mission. Its four-antenna OcuSync 3 Enterprise transmission ensures a strong redundancy, and it supports LTE link backup2, in the face of complex terrain and working conditions.
Unlike other commercial drones, the DJI M30 adopts a foldable integrated lightweight design (3.7 kg take-off weight) that is easy to unfold, store and carry anywhere. Its new self-heating TB30 battery design can support at least 400 charge cycles and allows a 41-minute flight time. Its smart BS30 charging case allows quick battery charging from 20% to 90% in 30 minutes. The M30 also has a new self-locking system and can be folded by just pressing a button. This makes it the fastest, easiest high-performance DJI Enterprise drone to set up.
User Data Protection: Secured and Private all the Way
DJI Enterprise customers expect the highest standards of security and privacy for their data. The M30 offers best-in-class data security protocols built on DJI’s security-first Matrice 300 V3 firmware.
● Offline updates enable future firmware updates to be completed entirely offline. Firmware packages can be downloaded from the DJI official website and saved to an external storage device such a microSD card, before being uploaded into the M30 and updated with DJI Pilot.
● Local Data Mode acts like “airplane mode” on a phone by completely disconnecting the DJI M30 from the internet, ensuring ALL data stays only in the drone.
● SD card AES encryption protects all the photos, videos, and flight logs that get stored on the microSD card by a security code and AES encryption.
The DJI RC Plus, the new Flagship Enterprise remote controller.
The new DJI RC Plus remote controller meets the high expectations of professional pilots. The DJI RC Plus features a 7-inch-wide high-definition screen enabling pilots to see more visual information thanks to an impressive brightness. As the DJI RC Plus is IP54 certified, similar to the M30 drone, it can be used in heavy rain.
The DJI RC Plus has six physical buttons below the control sticks next to the screen. They make piloting much easier, giving control of mission-critical functions, like switching between wide angle, zoom, infrared, and FPV views, without having to take hands away from the control sticks.
The RC has 6 hours of screen-on time. It has an internal battery and a swappable external battery, preventing the interruption of a mission. The DJI RC Plus offers ports for microSD card, USB, HDMI, USB type C and 4G connectivity (where offered)3, for customers needing transmission redundancy.
The DJI RC Plus naturally becomes the new DJI flagship Enterprise remote controller4.
DJI FlightHub 2: Elevated Awareness. Maximized Integration
The DJI FlightHub 2 is DJI Enterprise’s fleet management software. It benefits from major improvements from its first version synchronizing and coordinating between ground teams at work, drones, payloads, pilots and all the data they gather. The DJI FlightHub 2 is now entirely cloud based. It enables flight mission management and operational viewing not only from the pilot’s RC, but from any device with a web browser, such as computers, tablets, and evenmobile devices. Now, everyone involved in a drone operation, from ground teams to nearby supervisors to managers in their offices, can log into the same mission and see the data gathered by the drones and the pilots.
The DJI FlightHub 2 supports mapping features enabling users to respond quickly to developing situations.
● One-Tap Panorama Sync creates a 360° overview and uploads to the cloud with a single tap. Shared panoramas, and the coordinates they were captured from, are placed on your mission’s 2.5D Base Map, granting all team members quick aerial awareness.
● Cloud Mapping lets users highlight an area of interest, enabling the DJI M30 to automatically map the area in 2D, offering great perspectives during emergency response planning situations. DJI FlightHub 2 will turn these images into a map, which will overlay on the user’s map service provider. Once a map is captured, it can become the base to build a mission plan around.
The DJI FlightHub 2 supports Live Annotations, which are points, lines, or polygons that users can draw on the map. Thanks to the laser rangefinder of the DJI M30, in a search and rescue mission, a pilot can pinpoint the coordinates of a missing person. These coordinates will automatically sync through the DJI FlightHub 2 mission interface allowing the command center and the team on the ground to have live updates of coordinates and to simultaneously generate rescue routes. All these maps, models and inspection data can be uploaded to the cloud, supported by AWS, and accessed and managed remotely.
DJI FlightHub 2 becomes must-have software to streamline communication between the command room and the team on ground, and manage real-time missions.
DJI Dock: Autonomous Docking For Programmed Flights in Remote Areas
The DJI Dock is an autonomous takeoff, landing and charging station allowing fully automatic, programmed flights with the DJI M30 Series (Dock Version). It widens the horizon for automated missions that can be monitored and supervised remotely. After setup, the fully charged M30 drone can take off to the skies from the DJI Dock through FlightHub 2 programmed automatic missions anywhere within a 7 km radius.
Fast Rotation Operation – Once the drone lands after its mission, it will recharge automatically. Thanks to the fast charging and battery cooling system, the drone can take off again only 25 minutes after it landed.
Excellent environmental adaptability: Its modular durable design allows continuous operations day and night, no matter what the weather is. The DJI Dock was built to last, and to require minimal care and maintenance. The Dock is rated at IP55 and the core internal components are IP67, making it waterproof and dustproof even when it is open. The DJI Dock’s interior is climate controlled, to help bring the batteries to the optimal temperature for charging M30 safely even with external temperatures ranging from -35 to 50 degrees Celsius.
Its connectivity can be expanded, thanks to a port for an external 4G dongle5. In case of power outage caused by a disaster, an internal battery will take over and keep the Dock operational, to make sure the M30 lands safely from its mission.
Easy to set up, easy to deploy: The DJI Dock only weighs 90 kg and covers an area of less than 1 square meter, and can be transported by elevator; it only needs to be fixed on the ground, turned on, connected to the power supply, and connected to the internet. The DJI Dock integrates built-in antennas, a weather station, ultra-wide-angle surveillance cameras and a D- RTK base station. The installation is in one step, and the integrated design greatly reduces the difficulty of deployment.
The DJI Dock is also extremely easy and practical to set up and configure. It can be done directly on site with the DJI RC Plus offering complete control over the Dock and the M30, the missions and its scheduling, as well as the data collected.
Ready for advanced regulations: The DJI Dock opens new possibilities for many fields that can benefit from automated flights, such as infrastructure inspection, site monitoring and engineering supervision. In areas where drones are allowed to fly autonomously, unattended or beyond the operator’s visual line of sight, the DJI Dock is ready to enable those operations, with remote supervision from another location through FlightHub 26.
The Zenmuse H20N: A Starlight-Grade Hybrid Night Vision Sensor For The DJI M300 RTK
Alongside the new M30 Product line ecosystem, DJI also unveils the Zenmuse H20N sensor specifically made for the DJI M300 RTK drone. The Zenmuse H20N is a hybrid sensor solution that combines a starlight-grade night vision camera, a hybrid zoom thermal imaging camera and a laser rangefinder for use with the M300 RTK, bringing a revolutionary experience to night operations. The ultra-low-illumination starlight-grade night vision camera can capture the scene clearly even in darkness, setting a new standard for search and rescue operation or emergency situations requiring immediate recognition. It features starlight-grade night vision with low illumination to 0.0001 Lux, a 20x hybrid optical zoom, 640×512 resolution thermal imaging camera, 2x\8x optical zoom and a laser rangefinder with 1200m range.
Availability And Purchasing Information
The DJI M30 comes with the RC Plus remote controller, a set of batteries and a charging box. The DJI M30 and the DJI Zenmuse H20N will be available for purchase through the DJI online store and DJI Enterprise dealers. FlightHub 2 will have a free testing period for all users from today through October 31, 2022. DJI Dock is currently being tested with selected users and will be available for purchase starting from Q4 2022.
To find out more about the DJI Dock: https://www.dji.com/dock
Note: The DJI Dock must be used in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, and its advanced functions cannot yet be used in jurisdictions where a human pilot must stay within the drone’s line of sight or maintain physical control of the drone by holding a controller.
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Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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