The Chinese company DJI officially announced the Matrice 200 series drones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. They can be used for inspecting infrastructure, monitoring large construction projects and for police, firefighter and other public agency applications.
During a demonstration, a DJI employee flew a Matrice to a height of about 300 meters to inspect a Telefonica cell tower. Despite light winds, the drone’s stabilization system kept it from being blown around. Its multiple sensors track proximity to nearby objects, preventing collisions. It also has a new weatherproof housing for use in extreme weather.
The drone’s camera features a remarkably clear 30x zoom. During the demo, with the drone hovering about 100 meters from the tower, the camera zoomed in to hunt for the tiniest defects.
“We want to make the drones as simple to fly as possible,” said Jan Gasparic, DJI head of enterprise marketing. “This device is all about durability. It’s intelligent and it’s versatile.”
The drone is expected to go on sale later this year, though no price has been announced.