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.
There is a continuous growth of processes and operations which can be automated and where human intervention can be significantly reduced. Many preventive maintenance procedures, both in public and private sectors today, are conducted by workers who have to routinely physically drive to the location and perform a maintenance check. A process which could be partially or completely performed by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). Tartu Science Park as a living lab in the city of Tartu will test whether it is possible autonomously monitor Tartu city and/or Tartu Science Park Living Lab area to measure:
The demonstrator will focus at first on monitoring and reporting activities. The goal of the demonstrations is to improve infrastructure efficiency and resilience as well as reduce costs and the ecological footprint of the campus and city.
Multiple operations conducted in today’s infrastructure maintenance and monitoring system are performed by municipal workers who have to physically visit each location, observe and record the situation, and make the deliveries. Often times repeated visits to the same location are required if deviations from a standard situation are observed, and specific assets are needed to fix it. Under such circumstances, both monitoring and delivery services via U could be of purpose. This demonstrator aims to develop further predictive maintenance processes by enabling precision delivery of assets (tools, materials, etc.) to locations where defect or deviation was observed and recorded. For example, UAV detects during a regular maintenance check a defect or deviation, signals the base of operations and deploys an on-ground team to deal with it. The on-ground team at the location identifies missing tools/replacement parts and is able to immediately order them from the base of operations via UAV delivery.