This readiness scan serves as a self assessment tool that can help drone companies and researchers to analyse a drone's readiness in multiple ways.
The tool is intended to monitor the status of a particular drone innovation during its innovation. The total status is determined by looking at the score of the drone development on five domains. On each of the domains, the drone development scores a particular 'readiness' level. It is inspired by the Technology Readiness Level, used in technological research and development. A score of 1 represents a fundamental idea, whereas 9 represents a market ready product. This tool applies the same principle for business readiness, ethical readiness, social and legal readiness.

The tool is a self assessment, meaning that it can be used autonomously by developers, while it can also be used in a collective process like a seminar or workshop.

It was developed by researchers of University of Twente and Saxion University of Applied Sciences, as part of a EFRD project led by Space53, a drone innovation cluster and test centre in Enschede.

Resources needed

As an online self assessment, using the readiness scan only requires a computer with internet connection.

Evidence of success

The readiness scan has been applied for a research paper assessing the readiness level of drones for precision agriculture, proving that there does not yet exist a viable business case for this application in the Netherlands.

Difficulties encountered

Some questions have proven to not be clear to all users, causing the reliability of the end result to be questionable. For self assessment, the readiness scan needs to be improved by editing these questions.

Potential for learning or transfer

The problems of difficult to bridge gap between technical idea and successful and real world implementation and embedding is relevant everywhere. Through its online availability, the readiness scan can be used globally by researchers and drone companies.

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Main institution
Saxion University of Applied Sciences
Overijssel, Netherlands (Nederland)
Start Date
December 2020
End Date


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