Work Package 1

Project Management


WP1 is responsible for the operational management and technical vitality of the FF2020 project, which encompasses management components on contractual, financial, legal, technical, administrative and ethical levels. The main objective is the establishment of a sound and flexible project management structure, an efficient management process as well as the provision of an effective risk management strategy to avoid deviations from the work plan. Another focus of WP1 is to respond to opportunities, which is addressed by active innovation management. These activities will help to maximise the benefit to participants, project stakeholders and the overall impact of the project.

Specific WP1 objectives are:

  • Ensuring the continuous and smooth progress of the project throughout its duration
  • Ensuring the day-to-day management to achieve quality and timeliness of deliverables
  • Coordinating the interface between the EC and the consortium partners
  • Representing the project to parties outside the project
  • Coordinating project meetings and scientific/innovation output
  • Ensuring that all partners abide by the consortium agreement and the diligent management of the project funding.

Work Package 2

Technology Agnostic Service Layer


WP2’s main objective is to implement the Digital Toolbox is a plug-and-play solution for cities to implement. It is technology agnostic, which makes it possible for businesses and governments to work together and foster innovation. Specific objectives include:

  • Designing an intuitive and user-friendly interface in order to eliminate usability barriers to UAM adoption
  • Iteratively integrating different frameworks and tools (WP3, WP4, WP5) within one single tool for cities
  • Validating the general methodology and workflow of the Digital Toolbox within the multiple Living Lab ecosystems
  • Developing a business model including ROI as a revolving fund for cities and their citizens.

Work Package 3

European UAM Governance Framework


WP3 is responsible for integrating the UAM interoperable governance model, interoperability frameworks and IDoT scheme that will allow FF2020's Digital Toolbox to be replicable and scalable cross-border. It will specifically focus on legal, organisational, semantic and technical interoperability and manage these through an integrated governance model directly applicable to the context of our Digital Toolbox (WP2) and the semantic models proposed in the text as well as in a digitally visualised manner. Specific objectives include:

  • Designing an interoperability governance model and integrated (public) service governance
  • Creating a legal, organisational, semantic, technical interoperability governance framework
  • Developing a specific IDoT scheme/UAM Identity scheme and a data portability/exchange framework
  • Ensuring that the governance models and interoperability frameworks align with existing and relevant EU regulations.

Work Package 4

European UAM Regulatory Framework


WP4 is in charge of the regulatory framework that will allow FF2020's Digital Toolbox to be replicable and scalable cross-border in terms of regulations, directives and standards compliance. Specific objectives include:

  • Identifying requirements that need to be met so as to ensure machine-interpretability and machine-executability of regulation
  • Making existing UAS regulation machine-interpretable and machine-executable (as extensively as possible)
  • Developing machine-interpretable and machine-executable liability rules for UAS in an urban mobility context
  • Developing an ontology that captures and assembles rules into relevant concepts and hierarchies. The language-independent (semantic) character of this ontology would allow scaling the described features across language and EU countries
  • Testing and, when necessary, adapting the rules based on the simulations in the Living Labs.

Work Package 5

Geospatial Digital Infrastucture


WP5 main objective is to implement a modular digital infrastructure for UAM. This consists of the following:

  • Performing a technical audit on current IT infrastructure and gathering demo requirements from Living Labs to clearly define scope and integration needs
  • Adapting COSM OS to integrate UAM services and third-party IT systems
  • Creating, monitoring and managing geospatial contracts (permissions and authorisations)
  • Data management and security that will be compliant with GDPR, eIDAS, PSD2
  • Deploying controlled implementations and iterating rapidly to validate the alignment of functionality and experience.

Work Package 6

Case Studies and Benchmarking


WP6 focuses on developing, implementing and validating the outlined demonstrators. The main objectives of this WP are:

  • Coordinating the Living Labs and the demonstrators’ implementation along with the overall project's lifetime
  • Assessing the regulatory aspects of the identified demonstrators
  • Defining specifications of the identified demonstrators to integrate the regulatory, geospatial and governance frameworks in the operating system of cities and ecosystems, making benchmarking possible
  • Providing benchmarking to the identified demonstrators
  • Developing the physical and digital infrastructure and connectivity that enables UAM to function
  • Implementing the identified demonstrators and developing physical drone hubs within the ecosystem or city. This will result in coverage of the operation of transportation, including High power/weight ratio; fast battery recharge/fuel-cell refill; high level of reliability and fail-safety; low level of noise, emissions and maintenance requirements)
  • Showcasing and evaluating the implemented demonstrators, developing business models which have market potential and an affordable pricing model for cities and ecosystems.

Work Package 7

Awareness-Raising Activities and Business Development


This work package aims to execute supporting activities such as exploitation, branding, communication, dissemination, standardisation and training. This will ensure the broad take-up of FF2020 results by industry and encourage both academia and UAM enthusiasts on future research and development of FF2020 technologies. The main objectives are:

  • Acting as an observatory to identify market trends, opportunities and industrial needs during the project
  • Maximising the impact of results by leading Europe-wide branding, communication and dissemination activities
  • Leading the exploitation and sustainability strategy of the main FF2020 results and outcomes
  • Standardising FF2020 project results and linking them to ISO standards.