The recent development of drones, in particular the stable multicopters that can be controlled, provide unprecedented new possibilities; sensors on locations, bridge inspections from the side, operations at height, throwing off life jackets in the middle of a lake, etc. The growing interest in the possibilities from the business community and public institutions as well as the increasing number of innovation companies in this unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs) sector together with the companies that develop new sensors create a completely new working domain within the Smart Industry.

Research question

What are the possibilities of a modular sensor drone for my work process?

Aerial robots offer new possibilities for safe and effective measurements at height. The consultancy firm Witteveen + Bos and the Municipality of Enschede have started the Flexible Air Sample Taker (FAST) project together with the companies DroneXpert and GravuTech and Saxion.

Project goal

The aim of the project is: “Research, develop and evaluate the possibilities of a modular sensor drone for the applications of particulate matter / NOx (sensor) and odor analysis (air samples)”. The project partners want to do this by developing two Flexible Air Sample Taker (FAST) sensors on an air robot. The practical question is characteristic of this SMART Industry (air) robotization, where inspection costs are expected to decrease and safety to increase. Development of technology and a change of working method go hand in hand.

Project approach

We work together with our project partners in the network and drone test center at Space53. Witteveen + Bos and the municipality of Enschede act as initial customers and co-developers. The project partners are also affiliated with LEO robotics1, the RAAK-SIA Smart Industry platform2 and RoboNed3.

Research outcome

Through this project we want to achieve a safer and cheaper working method in the legislative and advisory domain and to at least two innovation processes for new products within SMEs.

Duration project

Start project: 01-12-2016 - End project: 31-10-2017




Hogeschool in Enschede, Deventer en Apeldoorn

Space 53

Gemeente Enschede

Gemeente Enschede



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Regieorgaan SIA

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Roy de Kinkelder

Senior Researcher and Project Lead

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