The Hague is to host the second edition of The Unmanned Systems Expo (TUSExpo) on February 2-4, 2016. The event will take place at the city’s World Forum and will include both a trade exhibition and a conference aimed at those involved or interested in the Unmanned Systems (also referred to as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or more commonly—drones). TUSExpo aims at bringing together European and global companies from the entire Unmanned Systems supply chain, including customers and end-users.
The exhibition area is expanded into the Live Demonstration Zone where products can be tested on the spot, inside and outside of the convention center. At the same time, at the conference, the speakers will elaborate on the use of UAVs in a variety of sectors, from military and security to telecommunications and cinematography. The speaker line-up includes representatives of Eurocontrol, Airbus Defence and Space, Netherlands Aerospace Centre, and the Radiocommunications Agency Netherlands, to name a few.
Attention has also been paid to start-ups and new businesses active in the field of UAVs and relevant technologies—these can be seen in a separate dedicated zone. A special selection of start-ups can be found in the pavilion “ESA Space Solutions”, where you will be able to meet the European companies supported by the ESA’s Business Incubation Centers: Alerion Technologies, AvioniCS Control Systems, Head Communications, ThingsOnAir, Airobot and AVY.
Furthermore, the attendees have the possibility to take part in the TUSE Matchmaking 2016, the B2B matchmaking program during which potential partners enjoy the pre-scheduled face-to-face meetings with each other.
Organization of the second edition of the TUSExpo reflects the fact that drones are becoming increasingly present in industry and society in The Netherlands and abroad. Dronewatch has reported that #drone became one of the most used Twitter hashtags in The Netherlands in 2015, tweeted at least as often as the words like #JeSuisCharlie or #EU. This is not surprising given the attention that drone incidents and drone-related developments have been receiving from media outlets in the country. Meanwhile, the Dutch Government is looking into possible ways of giving drone users “more space”, at least legally; the cabinet of The Netherlands has stated that loosening the drone legislation in the country would bring more benefits to Dutch businesses and governmental bodies.
On the EU level, civil drone usage has been recognized as a crucial factor for strengthening the European aeronautics industry. The European Commission has stressed the fact that a strong common European market for drones is necessary if Europe is to compete with the countries currently dominating the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems manufacturing sector, namely the US and Israel.
The first edition of TUSExpo held in 2015 attracted more than 1,500 attendees. To find out more about the event and register, click here.