Project Description

Project Goals: 

RAPID aims to integrate the benefits of UAV services into the port environment while developing new technologies to meet the unique needs of the maritime industry.


RAPID targets four use cases for real-world applications by combining the latest research results and industry-requested technologies. One use case is aerial emissions monitoring within a complex port environment. As many European ports are located near densely populated areas and emission regulations are constantly tightening, monitoring compliance and detecting violations in a timely manner is of growing economic importance.

Role of the CML in RAPID:

Fraunhofer CML is represented by its Maritime Technologies and Biomimetics teams and adds expertise in the area of integrated hardware and software development as well as RAPID prototyping. 

Project consortium:

University of the West Of Scotland (UWS), Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services CML, Germany; Thales Group, France; UNiversity of Dundee, Great Britain; SINTEF, Norway; REVOLVE Media, Belgium; XOCEAN Limited, Ireland; Hamburg Port Authority HPA AöR, Germany; University of Limerick, Ireland. 

RAPID is led by UWS and funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 research program (No.861211) with €4.99 million over the period June 2020 - May 2023.

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