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Cluster Report Transport, Mobility and Logistics in the Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg

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10 | This is closely linked to the creation of new dual and modular training and education programmes with a practical bias. Trainees will be able to acquire qualifications up to degree level, while graduates will complete additional courses to obtain technical specialisation. Newly-developed Berlin U-Bahn IK from Stadler, © Stadler Development of the Bahntechnologie Campus Havelland (BTC) emphasises and expands this prominent position and competency. It is an important infrastructure project in the district of Havelland to the west of Berlin. Over the coming years, a practice and test centre for various companies in the area of railway technology, energy, and infrastructure will be built on the 34-hectare grounds of the disused Wustermark marshalling yard, and the site will also be home to a number of scientific institutes. The location is already used for applied research by prestigious research institutions in Berlin and Brandenburg, among them TU Berlin, TH Wildau, TH Brandenburg, the Fraunhofer Institute for Transport and Infrastructure Systems, and the German Aerospace Centre (Institute of Transportation Systems). Among other things, the institutions test controlled derailing, geothermal track heating, and quiet braking procedures. The plan now is to continue expanding the facilities at Bahntechnologie Campus Havelland in order to create a research nucleus that in the medium term will become an integral part of the European scientific landscape. European Railway Clusters Initiative (ERCI) The European Railway Clusters Initiative (ERCI) is a successful example for international cluster cooperation. It brings together twelve research and innovationdriven railway technology clusters from ten countries, including the Cluster Transport, Mobility and Logistics. ERCI represents over 1,000 small and medium-sized companies and aims to promote innovation and the development of new business opportunities as a means of sustainably bolstering competitiveness within the European railway industry. ERCI fosters collaboration between industry and research, initiates innovation projects, and organises B2B meetings and workshops. This also includes the promotion of good visibility and networking at an EU level. www.eurailclusters.eu The future market of civil drones: Research, development, and use Berlin-Brandenburg is one of Germany’s three most important aviation technology regions, as evident by dominant market leaders like Rolls-Royce Germany, MTU Maintenance and Deutsche Lufthansa, as well as innovative small and medium-sized enterprises such as aireg – Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany, PACE Aerospace Engineering and Information Technology, or Holmco Holmberg. They are complemented by prestigious research and education institutions, of which TU Berlin is the most prominent. TU Berlin has more satellites in orbit than any other university worldwide. Integrated Bahntechnologie Campus Havelland, © HVLE

Cluster Report I Transport, Mobility and Logistics – A Strong Location | 11 Increasing numbers of companies are also using this comparatively recent technology to inspect large-scale industrial facilities, where they dispatch drones to examine inaccessible or inhospitable system parts. “Our drones can replace extremely dangerous operations, in which human resources would otherwise have to ascend tall towers or fly helicopters close to power lines,” explains sitebots CEO Daniel Dirks. sitebots drones in action, © sitebots With this in mind, it is hardly surprising that the capital region is at the vanguard of new technological trends and is currently carving a niche as a centre of ‘Unmanned Aerial Vehicles’ (UAV) – better known as drones – for civilian purposes. Over 60 actors from research (e.g. TH Wildau, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg), development (e.g. sitebots, servicedrone.de) and application (e.g. germandrones, Airteam, Copterview) are active in the region. Industry experts believe that UAV have the potential for significant growth in the coming years. This is particularly evident in the increasing presence of civil drones at the ILA Berlin Air Show. Indeed, the future of drone technology is linked to a broad variety of applications, especially for civilian and commercial purposes. Similar to the development of computer technology, the true innovation is not found in the drone itself, but in its technical equipment with sensors, high-performance cameras, and the necessary software. It is these factors that make drone technology a more convenient and affordable solution for a broad variety of tasks, compared with the systems currently in use. The companies sitebots in Velten and service-drone.de in Berlin and Brieselang, which offer drone services for many different commercial scenarios, are already setting the stage. The applications largely comprise of aerial visualisation, measurement, and data capture procedures. The companies are able to deliver two or three-dimensional models of structures, infrastructure facilities, surface mines, quarries, landfills, undeveloped properties, industrial complexes, or sophisticated roof designs very quickly and with impressive results. The drones provide more precise images than satellites and are substantially cheaper than expensive survey aircraft. The use of UAV has also spread to agriculture. Equipped with the right camera technology, they are able to document herd sizes, diagnose diseases, control the deployment of herbicides, optimise irrigation, and identify the ideal time for harvesting. “The use of drones will become an indispensable production factor in the agricultural value chain,” says Volker Rosenblatt, CEO at service-drone.de. Drones can also handle a broad variety of tasks in the area of civil protection during flooding, natural disasters, mountain rescue, or maritime search and rescue. The possible fields of application are diverse. But nevertheless there are a number of challenges to overcome. Besides the definition of a legal framework, it will also take a more concerted technological effort to transform these fascinating UAVs into commercially useful and safe tools for everyday use by companies. Several networks have been established in the capital region in order to promote this development. The cooperation network SiBeL (safety and user-friendliness for unmanned civil aircraft) includes companies and research institutions from throughout Germany that are determined to establish solutions for a reliable and safe operation of drones. The main focus is on the use of safe IT systems. The CURPAS e.V. association (Civil Use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) seeks to promote the civil use, research and development of unmanned aerial technology. The association brings together companies and scientific institutions located mainly in the region of Berlin-Brandenburg. The DRONEMASTERS platform in Berlin attracts people with a shared fascination for drones and the underlying technology. Its purpose is to organise regular inter-industry and cross-sectoral meetings to unite innovative players and hence to foster the development of new business models. The competencies and infrastructures in the capital region provide an ideal breeding ground to establish a regional hub of testing and innovation and therefore to boost the location’s appeal for national and international stakeholders.

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