Unifly cosigns Urban Air Mobility initiative in Brussels and in Ghent

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Several Belgian cities take the lead in the use of drones in emergency situations by joining the Urban Air Mobility initiative of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP-SCC), supported by the European Commission. Ghent and Brussels have already signed the Manifesto.

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The Urban Air Mobility Initiative (UAM) of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP-SCC), supported by European Commission, aims to bring together cities, citizens, businesses and other stakeholders to accelerate practical application studies and their implementation. The initiative is led by Airbus, while the institutional partners include Eurocontrol and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The EIP-SCC UAM initiative is based on a city-centric approach with comprehensive diversified demonstration projects including engaged smart cities. The aim is to jointly develop, through a horizontal collaboration of various mobility actors, concrete solutions for urban air mobility (mobility
intra-urban and interurban) with a real impact on meeting the mobility needs of specific cities.

Today, 16 July 2018, the intention manifesto was officially signed at the City Hall of Brussels, in the presence of Mr. Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director-General for Mobility and Transport Services of the European Commission (DG Move). The petitioners included Mr. Phillippe Close, Mayor of the City of Brussels, Dr. Vassilis Agouridas, EIP-SCC, Chief UAM (Airbus) and Mr. Paul Bosman (Eurocontrol).

"The City of Brussels has one of the best infrastructure networks, institutions, and associations that help to execute the daily duties. In Belgium, we are the municipality with the most hospitals in its territory: Brugmann, Saint-Pierre, HUDERF, and Bordet. One of our priorities is to continue to improve and provide better equipment for our infrastructure and the services offered to our citizens. It is therefore important that Brussels remains open to new solutions, new technologies and improvements that can "save" more lives and speed up some of the interventions. For example, our ability to innovate and anticipate the use of drones to save lives will make Brussels shine " says the mayor Philippe Close.

This makes the City of Brussels a pioneering city to develop solutions based on drones for emergencies, starting with the delivery of defibrillators to save lives.

"UAVs have enormous potential: they can perform fast standard missions as well as more complex operations. That's why I want to give, in my status as a federal minister, all the support for the Airbus EIP-SCC UAM initiative and the specific project definition conducted by the City of Brussels. Thanks to this project feasibility, we will be able to learn more about the opportunities and perspectives that emergency drones offer us, as citizens, and this will continue to allow the development of this promising technology.", adds the federal minister François Bellot.

In close cooperation with the emergency services in Brussels, the local authorities, the police and the city will define the feasibility of the project "Take Care Emergency" which aims to take advantage of the use of drones to transport defibrillators in critical conditions when ambulances take too long to intervene. Thus, the resorting to air mobility solutions can reduce the impact of cardiac arrest. The impact of the insertion of such air mobility solutions in urban areas is important because the mortality rate following cardiac arrest is still particularly high as each lost minute sees the chances of survival reduced by 10%. Brussels not only consider deploying air mobility solutions to reduce the impact of cardiac arrest on its territory but also other potential applicable innovative solutions for the new mobility and transport of products in the field of medical technology like blood and grafts in situations criticism.

Other interested authorities and partners who signed and supported the "Manifesto of intention " are the Emergency Service and the SMUR, the firefighters of Brussels, the Brussels Police Service, the Federal Ministry of Transport, Belgocontrol, the Authority Belgian Civil Aviation Authority, the European Aviation Safety Agency, Creative Business,Drone Think Do, Emergency Support, EspaceDrone, Moke Matara and Unifly.

Find out more about Urban Air Mobility Initiative here.