Istanbul Kultur University Technology Transfer Office is leading the Urban Air Traffic Management DEVelOpment & DEMOnstration which aims to transport medical deliveries by drone in three different cities. The project is supported by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
The main goal of the project is to bring together experts from state, business and education sectors to propose the Urban Air Traffic Management (UATM) System to develop and deploy solutions for the mobility needs of people and businesses, including the delivery of goods, waste collection, and transport with the aim to facilitate, improve and even solve air quality and congestion problems, and create a long-standing impact on cities and urban life quality.
The first demo flights are expected to transport blood samples or medical products between medical facilities with the drones communicating with the UATM center. The first demonstration will take place in Belgrade this year with the second phase scheduled to take place in 2023 in Istanbul, Riga, Terrassa and Belgrade.
Among partners, software and aircraft designer FIXAR is participating in the autonomous UAV operations. FIXAR is working together with the project’s technical team and providing the full-stack drone solution for flight and system integration to demonstrate real time examples of possible solutions. FIXAR also takes the role of a lead commercialisation partner for the RIS (Regional Innovation Scheme) innovation project.
“FIXAR team is pleased and honoured to take part in a project that is covering the highly relevant subject for the unmanned aerial vehicle industry. We see that management systems for the low airspace traffic are necessary and fundamental as drones are becoming more accessible and the number of users increase. As drone applications continue to expand and improve, we expect a continuous increase of the aircrafts amount in the low airspace,” Yulia Druzhnikova, Co-founder and Director of Global Expansion at FIXAR.
“It is inevitable for urban traffic management to make the shift from the current human-controlled system to an autonomous system on urban airspace and this way enabling the capacity to open the airspace to a large number of users. Therefore, we are looking to develop an automated UATM system targeting urban air mobility which is a specific area of future mobility,” Alparslan Güzey, Deputy Director and Project Manager at Istanbul Kultur University Technology Transfer Office.
The consortium partners for the first phase of 2022 are listed below:
- Istanbul Kultur University, University, (Istanbul, TURKEY)
- FIXAR AERO SIA, SME, (Riga, LATVIA)
- ISBAK (Istanbul IT and Smart City Technologies Inc), City Company, (Istanbul, TURKEY)
- FERROVIAL, Company, (Madrid, SPAIN)
- Ada GUZEY Engineering, SME, (Sivas, TURKEY)
- University of Belgrade – Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering, University, (Belgrade, SERBIA)
- City of Belgrade, City, (SERBIA)
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