The EU-funded AiRMOUR project (Enabling sustainable AiR MObility in URrban contexts via emergency and medical services) has developed a tool to help decision-makers prepare for the start of drone technology in their urban airspaces, and to begin to think in three dimensions. “The Geographical Information System (GIS) tool will assist city planners and policy makers to visualise combined ground and air data such as noise, nature protection and mobility hotspots,” observes Business Development Director Benoît Larrouturou of project partner Robots Expert in a news item posted on the project website. Robots Expert is the partner responsible for the GIS tool, which can currently be used for five locations: Helsinki (Finland), Kassel (Germany), Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Stavanger (Norway) and Stockholm (Sweden). “Opening the urban airspace also requires citizens to see value in this type of mobility,” states Larrouturou. “The tool is designed to facilitate the engagement of citizens in that regard. Being able to visualise the impact increases the understanding and allows for more fact-based decision making.” With the GIS tool, new data can be used to enhance the decision-making process. It also allows city planners to take into account a wide range of factors, from air risk mitigation and flight boundary conditions to noise abatement zones, population density charts and seasonal bird nesting areas. Since most of the relevant data already exists in AiRMOUR partner cities, the challenge is to combine it in a meaningful and manageable way.
In AiRMOUR partner city Helsinki, project partner Forum Virium Helsinki has been testing aerial drones to analyse traffic flow and create 3D maps of certain intersections and neighbourhoods.
In addition to large passenger drones that can rapidly transport doctors to remote locations in emergency situations, the AiRMOUR team is also exploring the benefits of small medical delivery drones. These can be used to efficiently carry blood or tissue samples from hospitals to labs, or deliver automatic emergency defibrillators to random locations. AiRMOUR plans to conduct live demonstrations in Stavanger, Norway, in the second half of 2022, followed by further demonstrations in Helsinki.
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