19-20 January 2022  |  Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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The latest ideas, observations, and predictions from a wide variety of industry experts: innovators, regulators, end-users and more.  What trends and technologies do they see coming?  What new challenges and opportunities lie ahead?  How can you and your company prepare, anticipate, and benefit in a rapidly evolving environment?

9:30 – 10:45 Wednesday 19 January 2022

The EU needs to ensure the safe and efficient development of a drone ecosystem. In its Sustainable and Smart Mobility strategy, the Commission announced its plan to adopt a Drone strategy 2.0 by the end of 2022 to develop drones into a sector for the smart and sustainable mobility of the future.

This initiative aims to enable drones to contribute, through digitalization and automation, to a new offer of sustainable services and transport, while accounting for possible civil/military technological synergies.

Session speakers coming soon.

14:00 – 15:30 Wednesday 19 January 2022

While airports, utilities, ports and other critical infrastructure companies and organizations are implementing drone surveying and inspection programmes globally, there is a growing need to protect these organizations from unwanted drone incursions. Increasing occurrences of security breaches by unidentified drones exposes vulnerabilities, resulting in raised awareness for the need of counter action.

Airports are looking for solutions to detect and neutralize the drones without hindering any flights or alarming passengers in the terminal area. Utilities are seeking to implement effective systems to detect and prevent drones from flying near their facilities without authorization.

There is a pressing need for effective, cost-efficient drone countermeasure solutions and a need for an integrated approach for all actors involved from drone incursion, to drone neutralization to drone reporting. This session invites you to join the dialogue and discuss these important topics.

Session moderated by Philippe Merlo, Eurocontrol
Session speakers include: Brooke Tapsall, DroneALERT; Gokul Srinivasan, Robots.expert; Jan Otto Johansen, Norwegian National Police Special Response Unit; Paul Hansen, European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC); Lars Huybrechts, European Commission, Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME), Unit D.2 Counter-Terrorism

16:00 – 17:30 Wednesday 19 January 2022

The commercial adoption of drones is growing quickly, and utilities are no exception. Stakeholders in the energy & utilities industry are increasingly utilizing drones to achieve significant cost savings, enhanced safety, reduced inspection time, save labor costs and reduce hazardous manhours.

Some of the typical use cases the E&U industry’s subsectors industry (e.g., oil and gas, electric, and renewables) is exploring include inspection of power plants, power lines, solar panels, substations, transmission towers and wind turbines. Oil and gas companies have seen clear benefits in the use of the inspection of tanks, the detection of oil and gas leaks and assessing damage to oil rigs and pipelines. End users in other utility sectors, such as the water and wastewater utility industries, can also use drones for many of these tasks, including leak detection, mapping, monitoring, pipeline inspection, and storm restoration.

The use of drones in the utilities industry will grow even faster as regulations are loosened, and better airspace management and waiver application tools become available. While most utilities have started using drones for specific short-range tasks, the greatest opportunities will come with using autonomous drones for longer-range tasks, tasks that take them out of sight of their operator.

Combining drones with emerging technologies such as edge computing (edge) and artificial intelligence (AI) opens many additional possibilities!

The benefits are clear: better data, improved efficiency, reduced risk, fast response, and a quick return on investment. While drones have a lot to offer, there are some significant challenges ahead such as dilemmas around privacy, security, and safety and market inhibitors such as regulatory stringency, financial requirements, and technology limitations.

This session provides you with a wealth of knowledge on the latest project experiences and applications in the utility industry. Also, you will get interesting insights in the latest technologies and experiences in the field of BVLOS and the successful use of AI.

Session moderated by Sebastian Babiarz, Dronehub
Session speakers include: Kevin Geiger, Axpo Grid AG; Douglas Coene, esmart systems; Martin Björnvall, Vattenfall Services Nordic AB; Piotr Jerzemowski, PKN ORLEN; Antidio Viguria, Advanced Center for Aerospace Technology (FADA-CATEC); Emma McLellan, Chevron Technology Company

9:30 – 10:45 Thursday 20 January 2022

Drones are now in worldwide use for inspection of ports, bridges and locks, monitoring of ship emissions, asset inspection and inspection of physical installations. Traditional inspection of remote assets are unsafe and tedious undertakings. UAS are proving to be a powerful tool for ensuring the safety of all sorts of infrastructure. They can be operated at a fraction of the cost of traditional inspection crews, and, when equipped with the latest technologies, they can deliver the highest quality in imaging and positioning data.

Connected drones, will open up new opportunities for infrastructure inspections and maintenance making BVLOS, autonomous flights, and remote deployments part of regular operations. Upcoming developments such as drones in a box – fully autonomous drones that take off and land from self-contained landing boxes – will unlock powerful perspectives for the industry and will soon go beyond prototypes.

This session will provide you with an overview of the opportunities, barriers and successful use cases with a key focus on the latest technologies and project results.

Session moderated by Jarno de Jong, GEO INFRA
Session speakers include: Ariea Vermeulen, Rijkswaterstaat; Bart van der Meer, Vopak; Damien Thiery, Bureau Veritas

11:15 – 12:45 Thursday 20 January 2022

Drones are now in worldwide use for inspecting bridges, air transport infrastructure, railroad infrastructure and roadways, and much more. Traditional inspection of remote assets are unsafe and tedious undertakings. UAS are proving to be a powerful tool for ensuring the success and safety of all sorts of infrastructure. They can be operated at a fraction of the cost of traditional inspection crews, and, when equipped with the latest technologies, they can deliver the highest quality in imaging and positioning data.

Connected drones, powered by emerging 5G technology, will open up new opportunities for infrastructure inspections and maintenance making BVLOS, autonomous flights, and remote deployments part of regular operations. Upcoming developments such as drones in a box – fully autonomous drones that take off and land from self-contained landing boxes – will unlock powerful perspectives for the industry and will soon go beyond prototypes.

This session will provide you with an overview of the opportunities, barriers and successful use cases with a key focus on the latest technologies and project results.

Session moderated by Jonas Stjernberg, Robots.expert
Session speakers include: Jeroen van den Tweel, Prorail; Flavien Viguier, Altametris (Drone Subsidiary of SNCF Réseau); Ahmad Bakkar, Rotterdam The Hague Airport; Ansgar Sickert, aCI Europe (Airports Council International)

14:00 – 15:30 Thursday 20 January 2022

Drones are taking off in precision agriculture.  In many areas, drone use has become an essential part of precision farming operations already. By using drones, farmers can react faster to threats, get insights to take appropriate actions in real-time and make decisions that drive efficiency and sustainability. Agricultural drones provide growers, service providers, and ag researchers a fast and efficient way to scout their crops, identify stress, create treatment plans, track plant growth, and much more.

The ability to fly drones Beyond the Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) represents the next big opportunity.  BVLOS operations can help farmers to collect data in a way that is safer and more cost-efficient than traditional methods. The data collected from drones recording fields help farmers plan their planting and treatments to increase yields.

Great successes in the use of drones have already been achieved for various applications including, scouting/monitoring plant health, Planting & seeding, monitoring field conditions and crop health, spray applications, security (to monitor fencing and perimeters, remote areas), Drone AI (to recognize less common crops and more diverse planting patterns) and Drone irrigation.

Illustrated by practical case studies, this session provides you insights in the most recent applications of UAVs for Precision Agriculture, the data acquisition and image processing methods and technologies.

The benefits are clear: Drones provide the right tools to scout your fields in less time, capture precise data that drives decisions and actions, efficiently track crops over time all to help farmers to be more efficient and improve their yields. However, there are also challenges and steps to be taken between capturing drone imagery and ROI. Therefore, the panel discussion will provide you with the opportunity to learn more about the challenges the industry is facing and the possible solutions.

Session moderated by William  Metz, Precision Vine, Gamaya
Session speakers include: Jurgen Decloedt, VITO; Nanne Faber, Enza Zaden; Ciprian Iorga, Skyline Drones; Bogdan Chirvasuta, Corteva Agriscience; Robert Blair, ThreeCanyonFarms; Benjamin Brede, Wageningen University & Research

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