DJI drones to take part in ecological protection in Qinling Mountains

Drones have found wider adoption across China in industrial applications such as electric safety inspection, emergency response, firefighting and forest patrol.

Xi’an, capital of northwestern China’s Shaanxi Province, yesterday issued 65 DJI drones to six districts within the city in a bid to ramp up ecological inspection in the northern parts of Qinling Mountains.

Qinling is a geographical dividing line between Northern China and Southern China. The mountain range run west to east, stretching across Gansu Province, Shaanxi Province and Henan Province.

According to local media in Xi’an, the 65 drones are all from the DJI Matric 30 series, with 56 M30 drones and nine M30T drones.

Once they are deployed, these aircraft are expected to complement surveillance cameras, which have blind spots, and offer a systemic aerial view of the Qinling Mountains.

Images and footage relayed back to the local forestry authorities will help them make better decisions and provide stronger support for ecological protection, local media reported.

Drones have found wider adoption across China in industrial applications such as electric safety inspection, emergency response, firefighting and forest patrol.

To ensure more efficient use of drones, starting in May this year, Xi’an’s officials tasked with overseeing ecological safety have pressed a fleet of surveillance drones into service.

Another drone management system they put in place allows the drones to capture aerial footage, send it back for review, establish a database, trace historical data, conduct data analytics and issue pre-warning, authorities told media.

“We will continue to push the protection of Qinling to pivot from a visual and stationary mode to an automated and intelligent approach,” one official who requested anonymity was quoted as saying.

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