This past week, the U.S. Army has ordered its members to stop using drones made by Chinese manufacturer SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd because of “cyber vulnerabilities” in the products.  On August 2, 2017, Army memo posted online and verified by major news agencies applies to all DJI drones and systems that use DJI components or software. It requires service members to “cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media and secure equipment for follow-on direction.”

This mandate directly follows the message we have been outlining to municipal law enforcement, public safety first responders, state services, and well as federal agencies over the past several months.  Our primary concerns regarding the automatic flight-log tracking of the DJI units as well as classified information being stored on highly susceptible foreign servers has been recognized by the U. S. Government at the highest level.  Blacklisting of DJI drones follows studies conducted by the Army Research Laboratory and the Navy that said there were “risks and vulnerabilities” in DJI products.

DJI said in a statement that it was “surprised and disappointed” at the Army’s “unprompted restriction on DJI drones as we were not consulted during their decision.”  We were not surprised and were one of the first companies to identify this debarring issue.

As we move forward in our marketing of the GoPro Karma drone and our Intrensic platform, it gratifies me to report that agencies now have the ability to cancel flight tracking and secure their data in our compliant Intrensic software and storage solution.  GoPro provides a dynamic drone with the Karma.  The unit is portable, easy to fly, and utilizes GoPro’s industry leading camera technology.  Our Intrensic digital data management system is a secure and cost-effective means to easily off-load data in a mobile transport or site facility without undue vulnerabilities.

For more information, please reach out to any member of the Intrensic team.

 

Kevin Mullins, CEO