KWR is part of German-Dutch research project into drones for remote sensing

Cross-border bundling of competences creates effective value-added for civilian drone and specialist-sensor growth market.

On 1 September 2016, approval was given to the German-Dutch research project SPECTORS (Sensor Products for Enterprises Creating Technological Opportunities in Remote Sensing). SPECTORS stimulates and strengthens innovations by SMEs through cooperative research and development projects, as well as long-term, cross-border competence networks, relations and synergies of companies, research organisations and development centres. This cross-border bundling of competences creates an effective value-added for the growing civilian drone and specialist-sensor market in the border regions.

KWR RPAS Service

Since the start of 2017, KWR’s RPAS Service team has been in place to contribute to a variety of research projects. RPAS stands for Remotely Piloted Aircraft System, popularly known as a ‘drone’. KWR intends to use its new RPAS Service to apply advanced methods to process drone-produced images into serviceable information for the water companies. Within the SPECTORS project, KWR is a member of the ‘Nature’ and ‘Agriculture’ working groups and, together with other project partners, is developing research in these areas in which the processing of remote sensing images will play a central role. ‘The approval of the project clearly reflects the confidence the partners have in the returns, and the huge expectations raised by the extension of civilian drone applications,’ according to Project Leader Dirk Unsenos, from the principal partner, ISIS IC GmbH.

Successful start of German-Dutch INTERREG V A Project SPECTORS

Succesvolle start voor het Duits-Nederlands  INTERREG V A-Project SPECTORS

From left to right: Paul Schilderink (Ministry of Economic Affairs), Theo Föllings (Oost NV), Sjoerd Zoete (Rhein-Waal Euroregion), Dr Michiel Scheffer (Executive Board Member, Province of Gelderland), Dirk Unsenos (ISIS IC GmbH), Prof. Rolf Becker, Prof. Marion Halfmann (both Hochschule Rhein-Waal), Dr Lammert Kooistra (Wageningen University & Research). Photo: Hochschule Rhein-Waal