Project budget3 223 553 €
ERDF amount1 934 132 €
The 2 Seas area has challenges regarding innovation and environment, like to strengthen innovation by more R&D and exploitation opportunities, climate adaptation, preservation biodiversity and natural resources. Agriculture, nature and water are 3 major sectors in the 2 Seas area. Just these sectors faces these challenges and need innovations to tackle. More use and development of RS and data processing will create solutions to face these challenges and will also improve efficiency of these sectors. Obstacles to use RS are: lack of knowledge/awareness of the possibilities of RS, RS-SMEs are not fully aware of the role they can play, a lack of suitable test/demo locations and unclear policy on legislation on the use of drones for RS. Challenges are: aggregation of sector demands, translation to RS-SMEs and knowledge institutes, sites for demonstrating (new) RS-applications, harmonisation of legislation/regulations and a structure (durable cluster) to work together on these issues.
To develop a cross border innovation cluster and create the necessary conditions for innovation in the field of remote sensing and advanced data communication & processing, based on needs of priority sectors nature, agriculture and water & infrastructure. A durable innovation cluster will lead to following benefits: cross border cooperation in these sectors to come to aggregation of demands, acceleration of creation of innovative remote sensing products & services, substantial use of remote sensing and improved business operation in these sectors, clarification of different national legislations and a joint lobby for better regulations to create business opportunities.
The main outputs will be:
- Establishment of a cross border innovation cluster on Remote Sensing (RS) applications with the sectors agriculture, water & infrastructure and nature management (end-users), knowledge Institutes, SMEs and branch organisations in the RS-sector and governmental organisations, including joint actions to create an EU remote sensing market.
- Creation of conditional instruments and services to facilitate this cluster (and others), such as: 2 well served demo/test sites, an Impulse Group Demand aggregation and a Task Force Group Legislation & Regulations.
- RS Innovation Roadmaps (strategies and action plans) for the participating and other sectors and for ongoing adjustments of legislation and regulations.
- Increased public awareness and support for the use of remote sensing/drones.
Cross border approach
Three priority sectors in 2 Seas region faces more or less similar challenges. Innovative RS and data processing systems can provide efficient and cost effective solutions for these sectors. In this project, cross border networks in these sectors will be strengthened and cross sectoral cooperation will be created to aggregate needs. Based on this, SMEs and knowledge institutes together will provide and demonstrate solutions. Because legislation and regulations are not clear and more over differs between MS (and in EU) branch organisation and governments/regulation authorities will be involved to take notice of needs and opportunities of sectors and SMEs and to clarify and take steps towards more harmonised regulations. Altogether, in the innovation cluster, participants will work on innovative solutions and development of conditional facilities, instruments and services. Also, strategies, action plans and business models will be developed for durability of this cluster and facilities.
The Icares project and its partners started the 2nd project year with the first demoday on the 16th of March. All organisations and interested parties, that have mentioned they are willing to participate in the cluster, were invited. More then 250 people attend the event.
Based on the outcome of the events, the discussions, conversations with parties and the input on the inquiries held in 2017 the partners started with writing on the different reports of Workpackage 1. During the development of the reports the partners continously checked the contents with the demanding sectors during the differrent events in wich they participated.
In the first half year of 2018 the development consurning the Rules and Regulations was excelerating. The first draft of the EASA regulations were published for consultation and the Icares-project was one of the parties that provided input in the consultation round. At the same time the different governements of the MS were working on the standard senarios that needs to be implemented with the EASA regulations.
The Icares partners have asked the interrested parties in the cluster if they are willing to cooperate in developing the standard senrios. Cross-boarder cooperation is essential for the different standard senrios and can be applied through out all MS instead of different senrios for the individual MS.
The partners made an inventory of all test and demo sites in the 2 seas area. After the first inventory sites from other EU MS wanted to join the development of the cluster. At this moment 29 testsites are participating in the cluster from 7 EU MS and it is still expanding. Based on the outcome of the inventory and the demands of the SME's the central testsite has been selcted in the 2 seas area. Due to the demands of the demanding sectors and the SME's the decentral test-site has been converted to a mobile test-site. For this mobile-site the Icares project intergrated the 3i mobile UAV ground station. The mobiel test-site aswell as the central testsite is been addepted to the current need and will be operational in 2019.
In november 2018 the icaresproject hosted the first clusterevent. During this event the steeringcomitee and workgroups were installed consiting of partners and demanding organisations. Also the Taskforce Group legislation, The impulse demand group and the international civil drone council were installed. The basis has been layed for the further development of the cluster in 2019.