In October the kick-off of the EU project COMP4DRONES took place in Madrid. Demcon unmanned systems is part of this project, in which key technologies for safe and autonomous drone applications will be developed. A total of fifty parties from eight different countries are a part of this project. Fedor Ester, managing director of Demcon unmanned systems, feels positive about this collaboration: “It is good that we will work on the industrialisation of unmanned system technologies and the development of industrial standards on a European level. This fits well with the goals of Demcon unmanned systems.”
Many drone based services and products are hindered by applying immature technologies and the risks it brings with it for people, other vehicles and properties. The focus of this multi-year project is primarily on the industrialisation of essential system functionalities like autonomous decision-making, embedded onboard data processing and the communication between systems and from system to the ground. Together with the Dutch and Belgian consortium partners Thales, Delft University of Technology, imec, Almende, Airobot, Eindhoven University of Technology and AnyWi Demcon unmanned systems will focus on applications for the safety & security and inspection & maintenance sectors.
“At Demcon unmanned systems there is a special interest in the developments in the area of gps degraded and denied navigation functionalities without fixed infrastructure solutions. This functionality is essential to achieve higher levels of autonomy in an economical way that are necessary for a broader adoption and integration of unmanned systems in society. They are relatively new solutions that are not widely available in the market. In this project it needs to be demonstrated that there can be operated safely in gps degraded and denied circumstances,” says Fedor Ester.