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EU turns to DJI drones for coronavirus fight despite US worries

Automated copters used in European cities for broadcasts, monitoring and spraying

French police are using DJI drones in cities such as Nice to broadcast reminders to residents about coronavirus lockdown measures.   © Reuters

HAMBURG, Germany -- While the Trump administration is stepping up efforts to purge drones made by China's DJI Technology from government fleets as a potential threat to U.S. national security, EU authorities are embracing the company's technology to help tackle the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

French and Belgian police in cities such as Nice and Brussels are using speaker-equipped DJI drones to broadcast announcements about home confinement rules and conventional camera-carrying models to monitor observance of social distancing regulations. Italian police have deployed such drones to enforce controls on road movements.

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