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Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems and DJI partner to enhance Safe Use of Drones in Reno

Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems and DJI partner to enhance Safe Use of Drones in Reno

Reno, Nev. – Reno, Nevada is hosting the top three most important DOT, FAA, and NASA drone tests in the U.S. in 2019. The City of Reno will soon advance Urban Air Mobility (UAM) like no other city in the U.S. and its participation with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS), which runs the State of Nevada FAA-designated UAS Test Site and is a key Nevada entity toward developing safe urban drone operations.

DJI, the world’s largest drone manufacturer is donating two important pieces of equipment to the effort, allowing program managers to use advanced analytic capability to monitor activity in the Nevada airspace. The Matrice 210 RTK drone is a rugged and reliable professional tool purpose-built for aerial inspection, surveying, search and rescue, and other critical tasks. More information about Matrice series drones is available at this link, and video of the Matrice 210 RTK in operation is available for download here. The AeroScope remote identification system can monitor all DJI drones in a designated area, displaying their locations, their pilots’ locations and their serial numbers on a map, helping improve airspace safety. More information about AeroScope is available at this link, and video of AeroScope in operation is available for download here.

Community awareness toward integration of drones to make people’s lives easier is a top priority for Reno and through Reno’s participation in the DOT’s UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP), NASA’s UAS Traffic Management (UTM) TCL 4, and the FAA’s UTM Pilot Program (UPP) are important milestones toward this community awareness.

“This is a truly exciting time for the City of Reno and all of our UAS partners,” Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve said. “We are thrilled that international drone manufacturing company DJI has joined this expansive collaboration to help us test the next evolution of this technology. We urge our Reno area residents to visit to learn more and continue to offer input on our UAS programs.”

“The State of Nevada is truly leading in every way possible to help the DOT, FAA, NASA, and the U.S. Drone Industry safely integrate drones into the commercial air traffic system and lead the global technology race.  Partnering with top global drone market leaders and integrating the very best technology to ensure safe drone operations is a top priority of NIAS and the FAA-designated Nevada UAS Test Site.  Our acceptance to integrate DJI’s AeroScope comprehensive drone detection platform and the advanced DJI unmanned drones into our trials in 2019 is going to allow Nevada to continue to lead nationally and globally in an exponentially growing drone industry,” said Dr. Chris Walach, Executive Director of all FAA-designated Nevada UAS Test Sites, the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems, and the NIAS Unmanned Aviation Safety Center of Excellence (NIAS-UAS COE).

“DJI is pleased to work with the City of Reno and the State of Nevada UAS Test Site/NIAS on their groundbreaking work to determine how society can reap the benefits of drone technology while addressing the challenges of integrating drones into the airspace,” said DJI Public Policy Manager David Hansell. “Our state-of-the-art DJI Matrice 210 RTK drone platform offers one of the most powerful systems available to evaluate drone flights and test airspace management in rugged conditions. Our DJI AeroScope receiver can identify and monitor every DJI drone within radio range, allowing the Test Site to manage complex drone operations precisely, reliably and safely. The City of Reno and the State of Nevada UAS Test Site/NIAS are developing the systems of the drone-enabled future, and DJI is happy to help play a part in making it possible.”

In 2013, the FAA selected Nevada as one of six designated UAS test site operators. The FAA created the test sites to encourage the integration of drones into air traffic systems.  NIAS is responsible for the management of the FAA-designated Nevada UAS Test Site and is one of two FAA-designated UAS Test Sites in the country to lead the NASA UTM TCL 4 and one of three to lead the FAA’s UAS Traffic Management Pilot Program (UPP).

About the City of Reno: The City of Reno government’s mission is dedicated to creating a community that people are proud to call home. In order to achieve that purpose, the Reno City Council has established five key priorities: Thriving Downtown and University District, Vibrant Neighborhoods and Public Places, Well-Managed Growth, Strong Financial Condition, and Efficient and Dependable Business Environment. To learn more about the City of Reno, visit or call 775-334-INFO (4636).

About NIASAs Nevada’s designated agency to manage the FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site, the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) positions Nevada as the global leader in Autonomous Systems (AS) deployment. NIAS is the synergist, clearinghouse and learning accelerator establishing the premier smart ecosystem for Autonomous Systems which grows the AS Industry while safely integrating AS into the daily lives of the public.  Learn more at or

About DJI:  DJI is a global leader in developing and manufacturing civilian drones and aerial imaging technology for personal and professional use. DJI was founded and is run by people with a passion for remote-controlled helicopters and experts in flight-control technology and camera stabilization. The company is dedicated to making aerial photography and filmmaking equipment and platforms more accessible, reliable and easier to use for creators and innovators around the world. DJIs global operations currently span across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and its revolutionary products and solutions have been chosen by customers in over 100 countries for applications in filmmaking, construction, inspection, emergency response, agriculture, conservation and many other industries.  Learn more at

Media Contact: NIAS Sherri Mersol, Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems, 702.885.3930.