Edu Dorland PhD, Prof. Flip Witte PhD MSc, Martin de Haan MSc BSc, Bernard Raterman MSc

  • Start date
    01 Sep 2016
  • End date
    31 Aug 2020
  • Principal
  • collaborating partners
    Dronespective UG, Hochschule Rhein-Waal, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Bureau Waardenburg BV, Innosieve Diagnostics BV, KnowH2O, Obtrasec B.V., EagleView Netherlands B.V., SoilCares Research BV, Alterra Wageningen UR, Oost NV, AeroVision BV, XpStagers B.V., University of Twente, Wageningen UR, Van Den Borne aardappelen, Drone4Agro, Clear Flight Solutions, ProRail NV, GeoInfoSolutions BV

SPECTORS is a Dutch-German high-tech initiative that unlocks the market potential of civilian drone technology through sensor innovations for remote sensing and remote monitoring.

SPECTORS exploits drone market potential

The civilian market for the use of drones and associated sensor technology for remote sensing, remote monitoring and agricultural film production is immense. SPECTORS  exploits this market potential through value creation in the region. Specifically, interdisciplinary projects lead to the development of a large number of products (demonstrators) and associated services based on the latest hard- and software. The products are then offered and distributed by the region’s small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs).

SPECTORS stimulates and strengthens innovations

SPECTORS is a strategic initiative in the field of high-tech systems and materials. The project 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 added value for the growing civilian drone and specialist-sensor market in the border region.


Successful start of German-Dutch 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.

SPECTORS delivers new products and jobs

The project delivers:

  • 18 new products in the field of sensor and drone technology for remote sensing and remote monitoring.
  • An interdisciplinary and complementary consortium of 31 partners, of which 20 are SMEs that cover the entire spectrum, from conception up to commercialisation of the different products.
  • 40 new jobs during the project duration, increasing to 90 over the subsequent 5 years.
  • Securing 840 jobs in companies and research organisations.
  • Knowledge-sharing through internal and external workshops and symposia for products, users and other interested parties.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.