Based at the University of Central Lancashire, the Civic Drone Centre is a collaboration between the Media Innovation Studio, based in the School of Journalism, Media & Performance, and the School of Engineering’s Engineering Innovation Centre.
Our team includes engineering, aerospace, media and software development expertise, and our partners range from small businesses, large media organisations, SMEs and NGOs.
We’re funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund.
What do we do?
The Civic Drone Centre investigated civilian drone applications. The centre’s work focusses on three separate strands, and examines the potential uses and drone engineering and software development in search and rescue scenarios, journalism and media, and humanitarian work. Our remit is to:
Promote drones for civic and civil uses
Examine ethical and moral issues behind drone use, and prompt debate around these uses, and seek to influence policy
Promote interdisciplinary digital development and working across academic institutions
Encourage and support small businesses whose core activities benefit the wider UAV and remotely piloted vehicle community.
Why do we do it?
It would be accurate and fair to say that we do what we do because we love it. We genuinely believe that used for civilian, rather than military purposes, ‘drones’ are a great tool for a wide range of organisations.
We feel that drones also offer realistic and practical solutions to business and third sector operations. Thermal, IR and HD cameras, along with additional sensors mounted directly onto drones, offer exciting opportunities ranging from search and rescue, TV production, wildlife conservation to delivering humanitarian aid in challenging circumstances.
They are increasingly affordable and offer cost savings over traditional aerial capture methods. Their smaller size provides increased opportunity to access a range of locations. Our technology focussing around inclusive UX development and mass market penetration.
We’re also keen to work with the vibrant maker community exploring UAV opportunities in an open and accessible way.
Where are we based?
We’re based at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, UK, but we work anywhere in the world…