This time our blog has a guest writer, please welcome MR Patrick Halford!
Droning over Kotka-Hamina region
Converging exponential technologies such as drones, AR/VR, artificial intelligence, nano technologies and 3D printing are opening up opportunities for cities and regions to solve complex societal and business challenges. Sensory data can be obtained from drones and applied to solving global grand challenges such as resource and societal needs. Examples include access to energy, food, water and shelter, as well as sustainability problems we have to address.
One region accelerating away for the pack is Finland’s Kotka-Hamina region, powered by the regional development company, Cursor Ltd. The region is an important industrial and economic center plugged into the arteries of global trade. This year Cursor and Kymenlaakso region made a decision to turn on the innovation turbo by building a drone development and services ecosystem. This is driven by the AULI project, anchored around the region’s top academic institutions, XAMK and EKAMI, as well as local industries.
Redstone Aerodrome and Pyhtää airport
At the center of this ecosystem is the Redstone Aerodrome where Finland’s newest drone development center is being integrated into the airport at Pyhtää. As construction of the airport progresses apace, drone expert companies from Finland, Estonia, Denmark and Germany have been visiting Redstone Aero to run tests and explore collaboration partnerships.
Cursor is also developing this ecosystem across international boundaries. Recently, they led a delegation to Denmark’s UAS Drone development center in Odense to learn how the Danes have created one of Europe’s biggest innovation ecosystems. Cursor also followed this up by presenting the Kotka Hamina drone ecosystem strategy in Brussels at the European Week of Regions and Cities 2018 (EWRC 18).
“Redstone Drone Innovation” seminar
With drones, proximity is everything, and Redstone Aero benefits from its location in the vibrant town of Pyhtää. A great example is the Drone innovation conference planned for 15th November 2018 at the Sirius Sport conference center opposite Redstone airport. Hosted by Cursor, and introduced by new Pyhtää Mayor, Jouni Eho, we have attracted some of the top Nordic experts on drone ecosystem innovation. They come from government institutions such as Trafi, experts in 5G and airspace, as well as industrial experts and startups from Estonia focused on the energy industry. All of these players have their own vast networks of experts and industries that they can tap into, and we are looking forward to channeling a lot of this new technology innovation into the Kotka-Hamina region.
Places are still available for the conference and you can register!
Director of Nordic ecosystem development at Redstone Aero