The Flying Forward 2020 project launches its first demonstrations of autonomous drones at the high-tech Eindhoven campus


The demonstrations include campus patrol, building surveillance and last mile delivery.

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, March 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — /PRNewswire/ — Fly Forward 2020 (FF2020)an innovation and research project funded by the European Union with a focus on urban air mobility solutions autonomous drone demonstrations At High-Tech Campus Eindhoven (HTCE). In the last year FF2020 has developed solutions that are tested in five Living Labs, starting in Eindhoven and continuing in MilanZaragoza, Tartu and Oulu – to enable an open dialogue with stakeholders, end-users and citizens to improve processes, outcomes and impact.

The demonstrations at the High Tech Campus Eindhoven will take place from the end of March to September this year. A campus-based ecosystem of over 250 high-tech companies, HTCE is one of twelve FF2020 consortium partners and is considered by many to be the world’s smartest square kilometer Europe. The organization is home to more than 12,000 innovators, researchers and engineers who develop new technologies and applications to solve societal problems and challenges and successfully bring them to market.

about the purpose of their participation in the project, Paul van SohnInnovation manager at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, explained: “As a campus, we create the perfect environment for innovation for both our residents and our suppliers. With the Flying Forward 2020 project, we are developing both: a living lab for high-tech companies in the drone industry and a pilot environment for our suppliers to experiment with using drones for their services on campus. It also helps us create the digital infrastructure required to develop spatial web applications, a enabler for future Metaverse developments.”

Five use cases are being tested on campus. The first focuses on security, for which drones are used to monitor the premises to assist security personnel. The second use case is building surveillance using drones that scan and inspect buildings to assess their condition. The other three use cases relate to the last mile of goods such as meals, packages, and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to the rural portion of campus.

Corresponding Ted van HoofUrban Air Mobility project manager at High Tech Campus Eindhoven: HTCE is the first living lab in this research and innovation project, conducting tests and demonstrations. It is also one of the first locations in Europe The experiments with urban air mobility and sees how several drones fly autonomously to perform specific tasks. At this point, any insights we gain from these tests will help take a step forward that will benefit others in the field as well. I hope that the campus use cases will help improve UAM solutions so European citizens can safely see drones flying overhead and see the added value of these advances to their daily lives within the next decade.”

In June 2022, FF2020 will hold an event in the city of Eindhoven to present the results of their first living laboratory. Members of the project will present the innovative solutions being developed within the consortium and networking opportunities will be offered to a delegation from the Dutch Urban Air Mobility ecosystem and the press. Ultimately, it will be a day to celebrate an important project milestone made possible by the project partners, including High Tech Campus Eindhoven.

To learn more about the FF2020 project and events, or to become part of the UAM ecosystem, please visit For more information on the demonstrations taking place at HTCE, go to For media inquiries about FF2020, please contact Nathy Ercol at the [email protected].

About Flying Forward 2020

Flying Forward 2020 (FF2020) is a three-year research and innovation project funded by the European Union under grant agreement number 101006828. The project focuses on the development of a new urban air mobility (UAM) ecosystem by incorporating this new form of mobility into the geospatial infrastructure of cities. FF2020 creates a complete state-of-the-art geospatial UAM ecosystem. It includes a governance model and framework, a regulatory framework, a digital geospatial infrastructure, a digital toolbox, an Identity of Things (IDoT) schema, and multiple interoperability frameworks. The solutions developed during the project will be tested in five distributed living labs Europe: Eindhoven, Milan, Zaragoza, Tartu and Oulu. For more information visit

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