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Second set of Flying High use cases published

Written by Olivier Usher

January 12, 2018

As the deadline for cities to apply to the Flying High Challenge draws closer, we are now publishing the remaining seven use case briefing documents.

Before Christmas we published an Introductory Pack and the first six detailed briefing documents. Together with the seven we are publishing today, we hope these materials provide exciting food for thought to both applicant cities and anyone else interested in the Flying High Challenge.

The 13 briefing documents are the result of research we have carried out to identify the key drone use cases that could have a significant positive economic and social impact if implemented in urban contexts.

Cities have till Friday 19 January 5pm GMT to submit their applications. We have received a great level of interest from cities across the UK, with a number of exciting and varied use cases under consideration.

  • - Boost mobile networks
  • - Manage marine ports
  • - Oversee construction sites
  • - Respond to traffic accidents
  • - Maintain utilities
  • - Supply hospitals
  • - Transport People
  • - About the use cases

As part of the shortlisting process we prioritised use cases in extreme and challenging environments, as these are clear areas where drones could add value by reducing risk to human life, informing decision-making and enabling faster and more effective operations.

These short documents provide details on shortlisted use cases. They include an overview of the key benefits of using drones and outline some of the most important issues that need to be addressed in order to make each use case a reality.

Requirements are broken down into technology, infrastructure and regulation. Each is given a relative score to make it easier to quickly grasp key challenges for each use case. 1 reflects a low complexity, 2 a medium complexity, and 3 a high complexity requirement.

Technology refers to the current state of technological innovation (e.g. sensors, battery efficiency, navigation software) and the developments needed to effectively implement the specific use case.

Infrastructure considers existing facilities and networks as well as any additional infrastructure needed to implement the use case safely and at scale.

The documents also include some considerations to bear in mind for each use case: a real-world example, a number of related use cases that would benefit from similar technology, infrastructure and regulation; and examples of future use cases enabled by more advanced drone technology.

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Written by Olivier Usher

January 12, 2018