Drones watching over Twente

At the beginning of 2018, the "Next Level" project started: the development of an automatic drone as a cheap, silent, fast and safe solution for safety issues and physical safety risks. Veiligheidsregio Twente (Twente Safety Region)  and Space53 have signed a cooperation agreement for the project with, among others, the Police, Fire Department Twente,  Twente Safety Campus, Ambulance East Netherlands, RJ Safety and Security  and Saxion University of Applied Sciences.  een samenwerkingsovereenkomst getekend voor het project. A pact to allow automatic drones to watch over Twente.

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In short

  • Developing an automatic drone as a cheap, silent, fast and safe solution
  • Veiligheidsregio Twente and Space53 start their new ‘Next Level’ projec

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First responders

The first minutes after an incident or thread are crucial. All first responders need correct information. Public and private actors in Twente want to bring rapidly developing technologies together in a smart way to improve security. United for tomorrow.

Next level

The public and private actors from Twente start collaborating on a new safety and security concept in the new ‘Next Level’ project. By combining sensor technology and drones, it is possible to have drones standing by in certain (risk) areas. Such automatic drones are based at docking stations and can send essential information to an emergency control centre in an early stage, even while flying to the incident location.

Hard facts

Businesses suffer from major losses due to criminality. The WODC estimates an annual loss of 4.6 billion for companies and institutions. The number of ram-raidings has increased by 40 per cent in 2016 compared to 2015, of which explosives were used in 43 per cent of all incidents. 


Railroad copper theft increased by 10 per cent in 2016, causing 1339 trains to be cancelled. Because of the increased price of copper, four times more cable break incidents occurred in the first two months of 2017 compared to the same months in 2016. 


In 2016, drug waste was dumped at 177 places in Brabant. 17 more compared to the year before, and directly endangering the environment and water supply.


Veiligheidsregio Twente and Space53 are the key drivers of the 'Next Level' project. They hope to address the above and more safety issues with their automatic drone. Partners of the project are the Police, Fire Department Twente, Twente Safety Campus, Ambulance East Netherlands, RJ Safety and Security and Saxion University of Applied Sciences. The Ministry of Justice & Security expects that this solution has potential and therefore awarded a subsidy. 

Automatic drone
The drone is stationed at a dock in a certain area. A safety sensor in the area activates the drone if something out of the ordinary occurs. When activated, the drone immediately starts collecting information about the situation, such as images, and sends them to the control centre. This greatly reduces the time needed to verify a report and better prepares first responders for their response. In short: intelligent verification and effective response. Those who need to help immediately know which risks are present and which people and materials are needed. This results in less damage and a higher chance of countering criminals successfully.
First responders at the site and the control centre can take over control of the drone at any time. Automatic drones are a cheap, silent, fast and safe solution for safety issues and physical safety risks. For example, a drone can be at a fire site more quickly than a fire department. The advantage is early information on the presence of hazardous substances or, for example, the danger of explosion.
Indoor and outdoor testing facilities

The spacious indoor and outdoor testing facilities of Space53 will be used in the testing phase of ‘Next Level’. Twente is the most suitable region to develop and test automatic drones based on these facilities, future experimental zones in Enschede and the available regional Safety & Security experience.

Project UIVER

The follow-up of the ‘Next Level’ project is project ‘UIVER’ (Unmanned Intelligent Verification and Respons). UIVER contributes to the testing and development of drones that support safety systems in the events of burglary, missing persons and traffic accidents. Also, the project must provide for a drone test facility at the Technology Base near the Twente Safety Campus. The facility will be used commercially at a subsequent stage for the further development of drones and for improving safety. 


The following parties invest in the project and receive subsidies:
  • University of Twente
  • Saxion University of Applied Sciences
  • Drone Flight Company
  • Incaa Computers
  • DRONExpert
  • RJ Safety & Security
  • Veiligheidsregio Twente
Involved parties that invested in the design of the project:
  • The Police
  • Ambulance East Netherlands

Date: 28 December 2018 |

Source of tekst: Space53 |

Author: Twente.com