Urban Drone Testbed – creating secure infrastructure for drones in an urban environment

Developing drones for the distribution of products and services in an urban environment presents a complex challenge that demands new airspace infrastructure. How will they be allowed to move, and how can they be integrated into the social structure? What are the possibilities and limitations for creating new, large-scale and secure infrastructure? To explore how an open testbed can play a key role in the development of this infrastructure, a feasibility study is currently underway – the Urban Drone Testbed.

The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones, as they are often called, is spreading like wildfire. This creates many opportunities for new, innovative solutions that add both social and commercial value – everything from product distribution, surveillance, documentation and analysis to specific tasks in areas such as construction, and search and rescue services. However, we currently do not have the infrastructure and regulatory framework for large-scale, regular and secure drone traffic in an urban environment, which is preventing progress in this area.

Kista Science City AB and IQ Samhällsbyggnad have now received the green light from Vinnova to conduct a feasibility study for an open testbed – the Urban Drone Testbed – which will lay the foundation for a new type of airspace infrastructure. They are collaborating on the study with the public sector, industry, academia and civil society, which gives them the opportunity to influence what the testbed may include and how it will work.

The goal of the Urban Drone Testbed is to contribute to sustainable and connected city development by creating the conditions for brand-new, secure services and business sectors where drones are made a natural part of the urban environment.

The feasibility study will be completed on 30 June 2019, where the results will then be incorporated into an application for full-scale implementation.

Would you like to learn more? Please contact:

Kista Science City AB/Urban ICT Arena, Petra Dalunde, COO, , +46 70 415 92 09

IQ Samhällsbyggnad, David Bohn Stoltz, Assistant Project Manager, , +46 72 206 77 14

Article written by Petra Dalunde