DJI has launched a solution for professional drone operators that puts a powerful flying platform in the service of a fully remote fleet management system and an autonomous docking and recharging station. This integrated solution unlocks new functionality for Enterprise drone users such as infrastructure inspectors and energy operators.
DJI Matrice 30 Commercial Drone
The DJI Matrice 30 is DJI Enterprise's flagship drone that fits in a backpack. It integrates multiple high-performance sensors into one single camera payload, is controlled with a redesigned remote control, and runs on upgraded Pilot 2 software, which significantly improves the flight experience. 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 drone allows professionals to fly and perform beyond their immediate surroundings. It integrates smoothly with the new DJI FlightHub 2 fleet management cloud-based software and the DJI Dock for collaboration with remote and unattended operations.
The M30 series comes in two versions, the M30 and the M30T. The M30 model integrates a 48 megapixel 1/2 in. 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 640x512 px radiometric thermal camera.
With IP55 ingress protection, the M30 offers performance in harsh environments, in heavy rains, high winds, high altitudes, and even in icy and snowy conditions and extreme temperatures from -20° C to 50° C.
The drone 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 backup, in the face of complex terrain and working conditions.
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.
The drone offers 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 remote controller features a 7-in.-wide high-definition screen enabling pilots to see more visual information thanks to the brightness. As the DJI RC Plus is IP54 certified, similar to the M30 drone, it can be used in heavy rain.It 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) for customers needing transmission redundancy.
DJI FlightHub 2
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 even mobile 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.
FlightHub 2 supports Live Annotations, which are points, lines, or polygons 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.
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 Dock is rated at IP55 and the core internal components are IP67, making it waterproof and dustproof even when it is open. The 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 dongle. 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 Dock only weighs 90 kg and covers an area of less than 1 square meter; it only needs to be fixed on the ground, turned on, connected to the power supply, and connected to the internet. It 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 Dock is also 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 2.