ICAReS – Innovation Cluster Accelerating Remote Sensing – is a project led by Gemeente Woensdrecht (Municipality of Woensdrecht) in the Netherlands. It delivers against the ‘Technological and social innovation’ programme priority and against the specific objective to ‘Improve the framework conditions for the delivery of innovation, in relation to smart specialisation’. It will run for 39 months with the overall objective to:

“…develop a cross border cluster and create the necessary conditions for innovation in the field of remote sensing and advanced data communication and processing, based on needs of priority sectors nature, agriculture and water and infrastructure. This will lead to following benefits: cross border cooperation in these sectors to come to aggregation of demands, acceleration of creation of innovative remote sensing products & services, substantial use of remote sensing and improved business operation in these sectors.”

The DVLP’s contribution to ICAReS focuses on the use of LiDAR and drone technology to reveal and communicate information about heritage and its management. Consequently, the emphasis will be on the ‘Peeling Back the Layers’ project (2A), other projects within Programme 2 (The Historic Darent Valley), Programme 4 (Natural and Historic Landscapes) and project 5G (Engaging New Audiences).

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