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Parrot FreeFlight 6 Application Update adds Enterprise Grade Security, Data Privacy and powerful new capabilities for professional users

FreeFlight 6 Update

Highlights include enterprise-grade data security protocols and enhanced ease-of-use functions for the new ANAFI USA, as well as expanded features and capabilities for users across the ANAFI drone platforms, including the popular ANAFI Thermal and ANAFI. The Parrot ANAFI range of drones are developed to meet the high demands of professional users, including first responders, firefighters, search-and-rescue teams, security agencies, and surveying and inspection professionals.


The latest software update to FreeFlight 6 enables the powerful data privacy, security and encryption features anticipated for the newest ANAFI USA. Manufactured in the U.S., ANAFI USA offers the same high-end security, durability and imaging capabilities as Parrot’s Short-Range Reconnaissance (SRR) drone designed for the U.S. Army.


Secure Digital (SD) Card Encryption


ANAFI USA’s Secure Digital (SD) card encryption feature ensures that saved data cannot be read if the drone or SD card is lost or stolen. Once encrypted, data can only be read with the decryption key. With FreeFlight6, users can create an encryption profile and password to unlock the SD card, manage their encryption profiles, delete, copy, or remove encryption altogether.


Once an SD card has been encrypted, it is impossible to write or read information on the card without the correct password. To access data from a computer, users will need to connect to FreeFlight 6 from their mobile device or tablet and unlock the SD card via the application.


ANAFI USA’s data encryption (AES-XTS with 512-bit key length) and privacy features are compliant with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), delivering best-in-class privacy and security for sensitive missions.


Parrot also uses trusted standards and open protocols (such as Wi-Fi, WPA2, RTP/RTSP, H.264, and GUTMA) to ensure the utmost interoperability and security for all recorded data.


Thermal Images in 32x Zoom


ANAFI USA offers an industry-first 32x zoom, allowing operators to see details clearly from up to 5 km (3.1 mi) away. The FreeFlight 6 update allows the blended view from both the two 21-megapixel camera and the thermal FLIR camera during 32x zoom to be adjusted to usage (edit color palettes, opacity, isolate hotspots…).


The enhanced thermal support also allows users to pause the scene and adjust the thermal and visible overlay intensity designed specifically for inspection, public safety and search-and-rescue. Post-flight analysis and media editing can now be accessed directly within FreeFlight 6 application to edit the palettes and observe details that weren’t spotted during the mission.


Military Grid Reference System Coordinates


ANAFI USA also adds Military Grid Reference Systems (MGRS) through the FreeFlight 6 update. On the map view, this widget displays the coordinates of a specific point on the map. It can be used on a point-of-interest (POI), during the creation of a Flight Plan or to set the position of the Home for the return-to-home (RTH) feature. The MGRS coordinates can be copied, edited or shared in just a few taps.


There are three different modes available including:

  • Dynamic: this mode shows either the drone’s coordinates, a waypoint, POI or Home when a mission is ongoing.
  • Drone: the coordinates displayed in this mode are the coordinates of the drone.
  • Reticle: displays the coordinates from a reticle at the center of the map.


Return to Home Enhancements for all ANAFI drones


The ANAFI range will now have access to enhanced Return to Home features with the new FreeFlight 6 update. Users can now select preferred behaviors at the end of a Return to Home and set the hover altitude between 1 and 10 meters. New Return to Home features also include the ability to change the default take-off position to a return location directly on the map or to its own position.


In accordance with EU regulations, FreeFlight 6 now limits the Follow Me distance to 50 meters and offers the ability to broadcast Drone Remote Identification.


Automatic sign-ins through Apple ID allows Apple users to sign in to their MyParrot account with two-factor authentication.   


New Security Edition Features


FreeFlight 6 offers new Security Edition (SE) features for security agencies, government, defense and search-and-rescue professionals.


The users can now preload technical maps for offline access. This feature allows you to upload custom KML or extracts from TIFF files that contain relevant mission information and access them without worry of connectivity in the field.


Flight logs can also be deactivated for specific missions. By deactivating flight logs, no data will be recorded during extremely confidential missions. 


Additionally, users will now have the ability to deactivate the Smart Return to Home (RTH) feature. By shutting off the feature, the ANAFI will not return to home when the drone disconnects or is running low on battery; instead, it will hover in its location until the battery depletes, at which time it will auto-land in place. This feature was designed for specialist missions when the user may not wish for the drone to return home if it disconnects under a bridge, or for missions in which live data recovery is more vital than the drone recovery itself.



Update your drone firmware and your FreeFlight 6 application today.


Try out ANAFI, ANAFI Thermal or ANAFI USA in your business environment through Parrot’s Enterprise Loan Program.

To submit an inquiry regarding ANAFI USA, please visit the ANAFI USA contact portal.