China’s DJI plans to build drones in California amid US security concern

DJI Aims to Ease Security Fears for Good with Government Edition Solution

DJI Aims to Ease Security Fears for Good with Government Edition Solution

But she was concerned that data was automatically being sent back from DJI UAS to the manufacturer in China.

"DJI Government Edition allows government agencies to serve the public more efficiently and effectively using the industry's most widely-adopted drone technology, while maintaining total control over their data", said Mario Rebello, Vice-President and Regional Manager of North America at DJI.

DJI's letter comes amid rising tech and trade tensions between the USA and China, after the Trump administration recently added several Chinese supercomputing companies to its trade blacklist, joining Huawei Technologies, which prevents them from buying American-made technology.

DJI said in May it gives "customers full and complete control over how their data is collected, stored, and transmitted".

"The glaring gap between USA and Chinese companies like DJI in the (drone) platform market should be a wake up call", Wingo said.

After a bruising Senate hearing over drone security issues last week, Chinese drone maker DJI told USA lawmakers that some claims made by witnesses were "inaccurate" and "unsubstantiated".

DJI, a leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, sent a letter on June 24 to the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Security to set the record straight on incorrect claims presented during a hearing last week. "We are deeply concerned that, left unchecked, the unsubstantiated speculation and inaccurate information presented during your Subcommittee hearing will put the entire USA drone industry at risk, causing a ripple effect that will stunt economic growth and handcuff public servants who use DJI drones to protect the public and save lives". The company has patched security flaws found by researchers, established and developed a bug bounty program, commissioned a security audit of its app and servers, launched a local data mode to prevent security leaks, and more.

DJI embeds password and data encryption features in the design of our products. This provides customers with secure access to the drone and its onboard data.

In 2017, the U.S. Army ended its use of Chinese-made drones. These are just some of the steps we take to assure high-security users they can use our products with confidence. On that note, a warehouse in Cerritos, California is programmed to be functional to build the drone models sold in the U.S.

The plant, DJI's first overseas drone assembly line, has completed trial production and is awaiting USA regulatory approval, the company said Monday.

"DJI is committed to investing in America and providing USA government workers, first responders, and public servants with customized solutions that meet their unique security, safety, and procurement needs".

DJI added its security measures include not monetizing or selling any customer data, a professional pilot app that can disconnect from all internet connectivity for sensitive flights, embedding password and data encryption in its products, only ever uploading U.S. drone data to USA cloud servers when users do choose to share it, running a bug bounty program globally and hiring independent security experts to test its drones. "We look forward to working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in its review of our application", the company told TechCrunch.

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