Brazil Olympics are here. What about the drones?

Olympics are here and questions have been raised with regards to ensuring safety and security around the huge event.
Leading drone manufacturer DJI has responded by setting temporary flight restrictions for its drones. These are in place around venues for the Olympics.
Olympics 2016

DJI has updated drone software to include no-fly zones. These temporary restrictions are in Rio de Janerio, Sao Paulo, Brasilia and other Brazilian cities. They were put in place at the request of Brazilian authorities, and will be in force for the duration of the competitive events.

“DJI is proud to work with Brazilian authorities to put temporary no-fly zones in place during this important time, in order to increase safety and security at high-profile locations and reduce the likelihood of drone operators inadvertently entering sensitive areas,” said Manuel Martinez, DJI Latin America Corporate Communications Director. “The overwhelming majority of DJI customers want to operate safely and within the law, and establishing clear no-fly zones helps reduce any potential for drone operations that could distract from the upcoming events.”

The coordinates of the no-fly zones were recommended by the Brazilian military, which is in charge of protecting airspace during the athletic events. They include six zones in Rio de Janerio, and one zone each in Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Manaus and Salvador.

Olympic Venues

Some of the venues Olympic events will be held of. Photograph courtesy of Rio 2016

The temporary updates to DJI’s existing no-fly zone system are similar to those DJI set up around other major events that raised national security concerns this year. These include political party conventions in the United States, the G7 Summit in Japan, and the Euro 2016 football tournament in France.

While drone pilots may find it frustrating that they will not be able to capture this sure to be amazing event, it shows how drone organizations are working with government and regulatory bodies to ensure peace of mind to the wider public.