Urban Air Traffic Management Development and Demonstration

A logistics drone system to reduce congestion and carbon emissions in urban areas

Project Description

  • Innovation
  • 1 January 2022
  • 31 December 2022
  • Istanbul Kultur University Technology Transfer Office
  • €364 775

More cities are seeking urban air mobility solutions to manage the flow of goods and services and decrease dependence on motorised vehicles to achieve environmental sustainability targets by reducing air pollution and minimising carbon emissions.  

The project will build and integrate a centralised platform, a global system for mobile communications (GMS), and a drone port to be piloted in selected European cities. 

Operational research algorithms are being developed by university partners and tested through real-time simulations. UAV flight demonstrations will also take place.

Businesses and local citizens will also benefit from the Urban Air Traffic Management (UATM) System which will make public services such as waste collection and delivery of goods more effective and efficient. 


Reduced land traffic congestion resulting in more efficient goods and services delivery, lower air pollution levels and less reliance on motorised vehicles to achieve environmental sustainability goals.

Main Objective

To develop and test an autonomous, Urban Air Traffic Management (UATM) System, demonstrating how drones can be an effective transport option.


A centralised digital platform called the Urban Air Traffic Management System, integrated with a global mobile communications system, a drone port and associated operational research algorithm tested by several simulations and real-life demonstrations.



Project lead

Alparslan Guzey
Istanbul Kültür University Technology Transfer Office