The European Interreg 2Seas 3i- project stimulates the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in the maritime environment.

‘3i’ is an acronym for Integrated Coastal Zone Management via Increased situational awareness through Innovations on Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
In 3i-England, France, and The Netherlands combine research efforts into unmanned aerial vehicles for maritime applications.

Organizations such as Police, harbourmasters, and environmental agencies have shown an interest in monitoring of movements and activities of ships in the Channel and southern North Sea. Currently (manned) aircraft, radar, and automatic buoys are deployed for this purpose, but unmanned systems offer a cost effective alternative for these systems.

The 3i-project will deliver a prototype of an unmanned aerial vehicle and contribute to the knowledge base on uav’s and their application for maritime security. Results from the 3i-project will be freely available in order to support further development of uav’s and to deliver a competitive advantage to European technical organizations .

The 3i project is divided into 3 phases. First there will be a research and development phase, with the objective to derive the specifications for the prototype aircraft. In the second phase the prototype will be assembled and tested at a central location. This will be completed by September 2013. In the last phase a number of public demonstrations will be given in the port of Rotterdam, in the coastal area of Kent, and in the coastal area of Bretagne. The project ends in September 2014

 

For more information about this project go to the site.

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