Updated: Aug 26, 2019
As of May 2019, Huawei found themselves added to the U.S. entity list.
Due to recent actions, many see Huawei as a security threat to the United States.
As a result of the events with Huawei, the U.S. has started looking at other technology companies based in China. One company currently under scrutiny is DJI.
Below we will discuss what Huawei and DJI are and how Huawei impacts the future of DJI.
What is Huawei
Huawei is a telecommunications company based in China.
They offer smartphones, tablets, 5G coverage, networking equipment, and cloud computing.
Their smartphones reach a large market outside of the United States.
You can buy their devices in the U.S., but they are not as well known here like Apple, Samsung or Microsoft are.
The government suspects Huawei of espionage and trade violations. They are being accused of illegally gathering information through their devices. Huawei has been quick to deny these claims.
With these suspicions, the U.S. has placed Huawei on the entity list.
This means Huawei needs to get special permission to use their devices in the United States.
This has caused some companies to pull out of their dealings with Huawei.
Some have given Huawei the benefit of the doubt by giving them limited access on their platforms.
Google, Intel, and Qualcomm are a couple of companies that will continue to work with Huawei and allow access to the public versions of their services. Yet, they will deny access to any of their proprietary apps or services.
With the fear surrounding Huawei devices, the U.S. is now wearier than ever of other devices that China manufactures.
One such device being drones.
They already had placed a ban on DJI drones from use in the military back in 2017.
This means restrictions on these drones may become even greater.
What is DJI
DJI is a drone, camera, and gimbal manufacturer based in Shenzhen, China.
Since DJI is in China and a technological company like Huawei, it is now coming more into the limelight.
More people are becoming wary of Chinese products and the data they could be gathering.
The worry is that drones will collect sensitive information and bring it back to China.
The Future of DJI
DJI wants to assure people that their drones are safe and in no way used for illegal purposes.
Yet, they are meeting more resistance than they would like.
To appease everyone, they are working on improving their security protocols.
DJI has already added components to their drones for added security.
The person controlling the drone can turn off the internet connection while the drone is in the air.
Additionally, they are working on adding another feature.
This feature will allow companies to store any data the drones pick up on their personal servers. They will no longer need to use the Chinese servers.
They are being pressured to create drones that have limitations on where they can fly and how high.
It remains to be seen whether they will be able to create all the changes asked of them.
Drones are currently banned in quite a few countries already.
Now, with the Huawei fiasco, we may see that trend continue to grow.
We may see fewer drones being purchased and used from Chinese manufacturers.
This is especially true when it comes to companies that deal with more sensitive data. For example, electrical companies, railroads, and power plants would be on this list.
DJI needs to assure people that their products aren't a security threat. They need to build up trust. If they can do this, we may see companies purchasing DJI's drones more often.
Yet, the events with Huawei shouldn't impact regular consumers.
Anyone who wishes to buy drones for recreational reasons can still do so.
Collectors and hobbyists can still get their drones as well.
The events with Huawei are more focused on drones used around confidential information.
We have become a global society.
Technology connects us all and is growing at such a fast rate it can be hard to keep up with. It is the job of all companies to ensure that their products are safe and secure.
We are all learning as we go. Eventually, we will have products everyone is happy with.
For the time being, it's important to keep up with the latest developments regarding Huawei, DJI, and other Chinese manufacturers.
Read here to learn more about DJI and check back often for up-to-date information about drones and gimbals.