For this reason, the Maritime Drone Initiative Noord-Holland (MDI) cluster was established in Den Helder. An important facility of MDI is the Mobile Field Lab Maritime Drones. The Field Lab consists of two containers that are set up as an instruction annex briefing room and maintenance workshop. They are available during test and demonstration flights in the region with (maritime) drones.
Thanks to this initiative, drone companies will have the opportunity to further develop their drones. The MDI has Den Helder Airport as its home base. In and around this location it is possible to carry out tests and flights and to give market demonstrations. With the Field Lab, flight results can be recorded from any sea or land location in the region. By attracting start-ups and scale-ups, MDI contributes to the ambition to allow more people to work, live and do business in Noord-Holland Noord. In addition, it fulfills the need to create more jobs in the field of knowledge and technology, which younger generations are attracted to.