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The University of Central Lancashire’s Civic Drone Centre – a collaboration between the Media Innovation Studio and the Engineering Innovation Centre – and Preston City Council are collaborating on the new Aerial Uptake project. This cross-European initiative is geared towards both to better understand barriers to drone technology and removing them to help foster economic growth and societal benefit.
At its core, Aerial Uptake aims to remove barriers that hinder the successful application of innovative drone technology across the European Union. While drone applications have promising potential in the fields of public safety, logistics and agriculture, a lacking European level playing field and limited knowledge and public acceptance of this emerging technology call for improved regional development policies to overcome these barriers.
Aerial Uptake officially started on 1 August 2019, and its first phase will run for two years. The Preston partners join a number of European partners consisting of municipalities, regional governments and research institutes: Province of Overijssel and City of Enschede (The Netherlands), Government of Catalonia and I2CAT (Spain), City of Osijek (Croatia), Rzeszow Regional Development Agency (Poland), Preston City Council and University of Central Lancashire (United Kingdom) and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden.
In Preston, the project will be led by UCLan’s Civic Drone Centre – a collaboration between the university’s new £30 million Engineering Innovation Centre and the Media Innovation Studio research group – and Preston City Council.