The University of Twente, Saxion and the Space53 Foundation received an EU subsidy which enables them to actively work together on developing and expanding the cluster of business in unmanned systems in Twente. The first step is to jointly develop an integrated webbased Quick Scan Readyness tool for Technology, Business, Ethical, Legal and Societal aspects of drones and unmanned systems in the fields of public safety, maintenance, logistics and precision agriculture. The project involves stakeholders from SME’s and large companies, municipalities and other government bodies and end-users and will run until the first part of 2021. Read more on the Dutch project page: https://www.space53.eu/projects/4/efro-projecten/   

For UT, NIKOS department head Petra de Weerd-Nederhof is the contact person (petra@space53.eu) . Scholars from the Safety and Robotics departments from the EEMCS faculty, from ITC, and from various BMS departments are involved and work together with their counterparts at Saxion. Throughout the coming 3 years workshops and meetings will be organized, and business cases will be further developed. Also 3 conferences and a white paper are foreseen.