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DJI Pushes Further into Enterprise Solutions with New Wind Drones & FlightHub Software

BY Zacc Dukowitz
13 November 2017

Last week DJI pushed further into the world of industrial enterprise solutions with the release of two new Wind drones, which are designed to handle strong winds while carrying heavy payloads, as well as FlightHub, a new web app for managing drone flight ops.

The releases were made at the second annual AirWorks Conference in Denver, CO, which was focused on drone applications for agriculture, construction, energy, and law enforcement, among others.

Along with these releases, DJI announced a partnership with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, where they have been using and testing a beta version of FlightHub. As part of the partnership with DJI, the Menlo Park FPD will test customized solutions from DJI developed to help expand the use of drones as essential tools for emergency preparedness, response, and post-incident missions.

DJI’s Two New Wind Drones

Both the Wind 4 and the Wind 8 are variations of DJI’s Agras drone, which is an octocopter made specifically for agricultural applications. The Wind 4 is a quadcopter, while the Wind 8 is an octocopter.

These two drones were created to be customizable for complex tasks, such as those requiring unique sensor payloads or increased stability in inclement weather.

The two new Wind drones will not be available for direct sales to consumers—in fact, you can’t even find them on the DJI website at the moment. Instead, these two drones are focused on enterprise level customers who want a customized solution for their unique needs, and can currently only be found on DJI authorized dealer sites.

This is the same model Intel uses for their Falcon 8 +, providing different add-ons and customization for the specific scenario in which the customer will be using the drone. This model means that the price tag can vary greatly depending on the customizations requested.

Currently the Wind 8 is selling for a minimum price tag of $15,500, before any add ons or customization, while it looks like the price of the Wind 4 has not yet been made public.

The DJI Wind 4

One of the main distinguishing features between the 4 and the 8, aside from the fact that the 4 is a quadcopter and the 8 is an octocopter, is that the Wind 4 can carry about 8 pounds more weight. While the 8 can hold a payload of about 22 pounds, the 4 can carry almost 30 pounds while still maintaining stability in harsh conditions, like high winds and rain.

Key Features & Specs

  • Waterproof and dustproof
  • 29.7 lb payload (13.5 KG)
  • Foldable arms with extension tripod
  • SDK development and customization

Check out these pictures of the Wind 4:

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The DJI Wind 8

Although the Wind 8 can’t carry as much weight as the 4 (the 8 can hold a payload of about 22 pounds, while the 4 can carry almost 30 pounds), this professional octocopter was designed to provide superior control and redundancy, according to DJI.

Key Features & Specs

  • Waterproof and dustproof
  • Motor/GPS/IMU Redundancy design
  • Portable and foldable design
  • SDK development and customization
  • 10 KG payload

DJI Wind 8 Octocopter Methane Gas Detector

Here are some pictures of the Wind 8:

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FlightHub

FlightHub is a subscription and web-based service that allows enterprise customers to coordinate a fleet of ten drones or more.

DJI – Introducing FlightHub

Some of the key features of FlightHub are that it offers real-time data on each drone’s position, orientation, and speed, as well as allowing an operator to view up to four drone video streams.

It also offers all of the features you’d expect from a flight ops management platform, such as tracking use and authorization for different drones among personnel within an organization, and managing media from multiple units in the cloud.

FlightHub is well suited for emergency situations, like fire-fighting and natural disasters, as well as search and rescue missions, but it can also be used in industrial scenarios. It’s currently compatible with the Matrice 200, the Mavic Pro, the Phantom 4 series, and the Inspire 2.

To beta test FlightHub, DJI has been working in partnership with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District in Menlo Park, CA. They’ve also partnered with BNSF Railway, one of the largest freight railroad network operators in the U.S., to test FlightHub in the transportation industry. BNSF Railway is a company leading the way forward in the drone industry—they were one of the FAA’s first partners for researching BVLOS flights in the FAA’s Pathfinder Program.

Our collaboration in Santa Rosa produced a tremendous amount of insightful data that has helped us develop a plan of action and manage our resources more efficiently during this critical time.

– Harold Schapelhouman, Fire Chief at Menlo Park FPD.

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