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Urban Air Mobility School for Cities – UAMschool4cities

UAMschool4cities’ mission is to create a learning framework and a training programme for current and future local authority employees which will equip them with the necessary skills to manage the uptake of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) services in their city.  In particular, UAMschool4cities will create a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) programme for professionals of any background interested in entering the local Public Administration mobility sector.

The MOOC will enable participants to:

  • Get familiar with UAM concepts and key technologies
  • Keep up with relevant UAM regulatory frameworks
  • Include UAM in urban development agendas
  • Develop responsible and socially acceptable UAM services for the benefit of citizens

The Training programme will be piloted with 70 city employees from 10 cities across Europe. At the end of the course participants will be awarded with the ‘’UAM for Cities Certificate”.

In this project, Future Needs will develop an initial Occupational Profile based on outcomes of a series of two-day workshops in five countries with a panel of high-performing city staff already working in the area of UAM for their city. During each workshop these skilled employees will identify the duties and tasks that make up their job. The result is an Occupational Profile which describes a job in terms of specific duties and tasks that competent UAM staff must perform. The description will be complemented by a visually attractive user-friendly chart.

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Furthermore, Future Needs will also design the e-learning Training Platform of UAMschool4cities, which will host the online course.  The Training programme will be available in 5 languages: English, French , Greek , Portuguese , Slovenian.

At the end of the project partners will release the validated Training Programme as a service to become available for every European city and beyond.

By the end of the project partners aim to have achieved the following mid-term outcomes:

  • The delivery of a comprehensive Occupational Profile for UAM public domain experts that can be utilized by Human Resources departments across local, national and EU administrations;
  • The establishment of a coherent learning methodology for training public servants in UAM to be utilized by cities and Adult Learning professionals.

The longer-term impact of the project will be:

  • The establishment of a mechanism that will provide cities with skilled and qualified UAM experts
  • Enhanced employability of professionals from various domains through acquisition of UAM skills and competences
  • Acceleration of deployment of innovative transport services in EU cities, as a result of application of newly acquired skills in practice by trained UAM experts
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Enabling sustainable oenological practices through a robotic UAS solution for precision viticulture

Oenobotics services will be delivered to customers, such as vineyard farmers or associations, via a hardware-as-a-service business model, supporting them to avoid significant initial investment costs. The Oenobotics hardware and software will also be available to drone companies and interested farmers as an off-the-shelf product. The solution addresses the needs of wine-producing vineyards located in remote sloppy elevated locations that are hard to reach with any machinery.

In particular, the Oenobotics project deploys a droned platform that will provide viticulture farmers the following innovative and affordable precision viticulture services:

  1. Vine disease diagnostics,
  2. Vine water-stress diagnostics, 
  3. Precise spot-spraying for treatment of downy mildew, powdery mildew and grey mould/botrytis;
  4. A wireless and automated drone charging dock.
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Oenobotics services will be delivered to customers, such as vineyard farmers or associations, via a hardware-as-a-service business model, supporting them to avoid significant initial investment costs. The Oenobotics hardware and software will also be available to drone companies and interested farmers as an off-the-shelf product. 

Future Needs will coordinate the Minimum Viable Product definition and the service design, as well as  the trials, the user-validation and the fine-tuning of the system. Initially, all the services and the system technical requirements will be described and mockups of the final product and services will be drawn. When the system is built test flights over Kontogiannis Family vineyards with known health state will take place aiming to diagnose correctly plant health state (disease and water-stress diagnosis), spray precisely a liquid (water or a specific biological mix approved by the user) in selected areas and automatically return to and land on the docking station to recharge.

These Oenobotics services will assist vineyard owners in avoiding health impacts of chemicals and heat on vineyard workers, to react much faster to extreme weather changes caused by climate change, and to be more sustainable and profitable by producing yield of better quality, using less pesticides (in case of conventional farming) and producing less CO2 emissions (in case of organic farming). Project results will be demonstrated in an organic vineyard in Greece.

Future Needs is the leader of all the market related activities of the undertaking that include IPR Management and GDPR,  the creation of the product brand and associated promotional material, the organisation of two promotional events in collaboration with DIHs, a marketing campaign for early adoption and ecosystem building and finally a business and financial plan and a preparation for the market entry, to ensure the financial sustainability of the undertaking. An expansion strategy will be established in order to define the means for developing scalable user-centred services and organizational plans (structure, processes) will be created for the new venture that will drive the Oenobotics solution into the market.

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Safe and flexible integration of advanced U-space services for medical air mobility

SAFIR-Med is a U-space large-scale innovation project funded under the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme. Drones are emerging as a viable solution for urgent and reliable medical transport. The vision of SAFIR-Med is to demonstrate the use of urban air mobility in service to the EU healthcare system ensuring democratic access to cure and care for future generations.

All lessons learnt from the project will be documented in a performance assessment and recommendations report. The report will include:

  • refinements to the current U-space architecture principles,
  • proposals for improved operational procedures and mechanisms for an effective interface with Air Traffic Control (ATC) and U-space service providers, and,
  • a Human Performance Assessment (led by Future Needs) detailing how controllers performed during the demonstrations.

Another innovative outcome of the project is the creation of a set of Urban Air Mobility indicators which will help cities get acquainted with their role in U-space management and help them include UAM in their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).

Besides leading the work on UAM indicators development, Future Needs also leads the dissemination and communication activities in the project, acts as a Sustainability manager enabling exploitation of project results and ensures research ethics and data protection

During the project new U-Space services will be tested to validate their contribution to operational safety. Technologies that will be tested during the demonstrations include detect-and-avoid as a service, dynamic geofencing and air traffic prioritization rules. Five drone platforms (passenger eVTOL, hydrogen fuel cell VTOL, AED medical drone, X8 medical transport and tiltwing VTOL drone) will be combined with manned aviation in operational exercises validating technology in real urban environment. 

Project demonstrations will take place in the city of Antwerp in Belgium and the city of Aachen in Germany, thus including trans-border flights in the MAHHL region. A de-risking exercise will take place at the DronePort test-facility in Sint-Truiden in Belgium. Real demonstrations will be enhanced by large-scale simulations in order to test how U-space services respond to maximum airspace capacity. Finally, project recommendations will be further validating by simulating demonstrations in two additional locations in Europe, namely Athens, Greece and Prague, Czech Republic. These demonstrations will include passenger transport between hospitals and public spaces and transport of life-saving medical goods and equipment to the scene of incidents.

Thanks to SAFIR-Med EU cities will be enabled to:

  • keep up with relevant regulatory changes
  • include Urban Air Mobility in their urban development agendas
  • start using Urban Air Mobility technology for the benefit of their citizens.

The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 101017701 under the topic “SESAR-VLD2-03-2020: U-space capabilities and services to enable Urban Air Mobility”.

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