Tartu Science Park
Demonstrator 4 and 10
About Tartu Science Park

Tartu Science Park (TSP) is the innovation engine of South Estonia. Their mission is to nurture start-up companies into global businesses. Tartu Science Park is the first science park in the Baltics, founded in 1992 by Tartu city, county and two universities. For more than 25 years, they have supported business innovation activities in the region by networking with universities and the public and private sectors. Tartu Science Park is the home of business and is responsible for demonstrators 4 and 10.

Demonstrator 4: Autonomous Monitoring and Predictive Interventions of Critical Infrastructures in a Living Lab Area

Multiple operations conducted in today’s infrastructure maintenance and monitoring system are performed by workers who must physically visit each location, observe and record the situation. Often, repeated visits to the same location are required, if deviations from the standard situation are observed and specific assets are needed to fix it. This creates unnecessary costs in time and money, plus adds to the carbon footprint. While Tartu is a relatively small city and such visits and return visits can be done relatively fast, in cities with higher population, and traffic intensity, costs will grow exponentially.

The goal of demonstrator 4 is to perform an infrastructure inspection (solar park) within and around Tartu Science Park campus area. The drone autonomously/automatically operates to monitor selected grid infrastructure with a focus on solar panels and power grid lines. The drone records the surroundings and sends alerts. Mapping operations are allowed (e.g. hotspot mapping with thermal + RGB cameras).

USE CASE

Infrastructure inspection within and around the Tartu Science Park campus area, where a drone autonomously and automatically operates in order to monitor selected grid infrastructures. The focus will be on power grid lines.

RESULTS

The results of this demonstrator are available in Deliverable 6.5: Evaluation and Regulatory Assessment Results.

The results of demonstrator 4 are described from page 46 to 51 (chapter Annexes).

Demonstrator 10: Future Precision Logistic Services for Air Transport Material

Demonstrator 10 focuses on door-to-door services for non-urgent goods. This involves operations in congested areas and opens the door to alternative responses to the increasing transportation demand in large cities. Testing the drone service in Tartu, a smaller urban area compared to large cities, provides input on what is needed before launching the services in larger cities across Europe. The focus is on the technological, organisational and legislative aspects to test and run the services in the future.

The objective of this demonstrator is to enable emergency and/or last-mile delivery from local distribution hubs to receive unscheduled vessels since flight times are determined as emergency or orders are given.

USE CASES

Emergency and or last-mile delivery from local distribution hubs where unscheduled vessels are received.

RESULTS

The results of this demonstrator are available in Deliverable 6.5: Evaluation and Regulatory Assessment Results.

The results of demonstrator 10 are described from page 64 to 70 (chapter Annexes).

Living Lab Highlights

VIDEO SHOWCASE: TARTU DEMONSTRATIONS ON integrating drones to strengthen urban service delivery

This video highlights the demonstrations at Tartu Science Park on 25 August 2023, focusing on delivery service for non-urgent goods and infrastructure inspection in an urban area. It explores the potential of drones to meet the rising demand for transportation in congested cities while possibly minimising carbon footprint and operational costs. This initiative, tested in the smaller urban context of Tartu, Estonia, serves as a blueprint for scaling up to larger European cities, examining technological, organisational, and legislative prerequisites for future implementations. The demonstrations, a collaboration between FF2020 partners, Tartu Science Park and VERSES, alongside SKYCORP Technologies, Tartu City Government and the Estonian Aviation Academy, pave the way for last-mile delivery services from local hubs, advancing urban service delivery.

WHITE PAPER: CREATING A LIVING LAB FOR DRONE SERVICES IN TARTU, ESTONIA

Step into the heart of Tartu, Estonia, where the Living Lab for drone services led by Tartu Science Park is set to redefine urban skies. This white paper captures the essence of innovation, collaboration, and the future of unmanned aerial systems in addressing urban and rural challenges. Discover how Tartu's unique approach to drone technology integration, through an ecosystem of public-private partnerships, promises to propel the city and Europe at large into a new era of smart, sustainable urban mobility.

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Service Partners

Several technical and service partners were recruited by Tartu Science Park to help validate the solutions that our project partners are developing. The implementation of the use cases was made possible in part due to their collaboration.

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