October 4, 2023

Drones Beyond 2023. Unfolding Innovative Aerial Services in the Smart City // October 25-26, 2023


The Drones Beyond 2023 – Unfolding Innovative Aerial services initiative will be held from 25 to 26 of October 2023, at the ‘Fiera del Levante’ district in Bari, organized by the Aerospace Technological District (DTA) and the Municipality of Bari.

The Drones Beyond 2023 initiative is an action of the ‘House of Emerging Technologies of Bari – Bari Open Innovation Hub’ project and aims to be part of the European events in the field of unmanned aircrafts, related technologies and enabling services and air services. 

All the information to register and the agenda of the event are available here.

The initiative aims to:

  • Gather key industry representatives to discuss the strategic, technological, and regulatory evolution of cutting-edge aerospace segments, examining the reflections in the business models and value chains connecting technological offering and the demand for innovation;
  • Demonstrate concrete operational experiences, innovative services and the level of maturity achieved.
  • Connect innovative startups and SMEs with key European players in the sector.
  • Promote the experimental capabilities of the ‘Bari Urban Drone Range’, urban node of the Grottaglie Airport Test Bed, within the European network of research and experimentation sites;
  • Attract students and young entrepreneurs to the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industrial sector, highlighting the potential for development in terms of training, employment and business;
  • Contribute to the process of accepting the use of these innovative technologies, showing their potential and usefulness for the community and citizens.

The main themes that will be addressed during the event are:

  • Technologies that enable drones to fly and provide complementary services, including satellite technologies (Earth Observation, GNSS, SATCOM);
  • Air traffic and navigation management functional to safely integrate drone operations (U-space, ATM/UTM integration, creation of flight corridors for drones).
  • The importance of developing test and demonstration sites for UAS and for solutions and services, with drones that can accompany the development phases, from prototyping to deployment in an operational environment, also including the regulatory tools to facilitate experimentation.
  • The development of the infrastructures of the vertiports and their methods of operation;
  • The innovative air services enabled by drone air operations (precision farming, surveillance, inspections, surveying, telecommunications support, aerial work…);
  • Innovative air mobility (urban and regional).