CCUVS and its partners are promoting the identification of clusters of unmanned systems stakeholders across Canada. Where geographic considerations prevent physical proximity, remote-work tools can enable a form of cluster community. CCUVS is cooperating closely with its host community to build an unmanned systems cluster in southeast Alberta and is looking for opportunities to help build similar clusters elsewhere.
Clusters usually consist of localized and linked industries, government, academia, and other institutions for collaboration and are seen as central to competitiveness theory. Clusters raise productivity and innovative capacity in a region by enhancing competitiveness and encouraging new business formation. Clusters develop through positive micro and macro environments which lead to cost savings, upgraded managerial and labor force skills and they advance the industry through innovation.
Dynamic cluster environments are typically characterized by:
- Local rivalry which stimulates constant change, upgrading and productivity;
- Regular entry of new firms, including spin-offs from larger companies;
- Collaboration among professional organisations and academic institutions;
- Access to factors of production, including linkages to research facilities;
- Linkages to related industries that share pools of talent and advancements;
- Proximity to demanding buyers;
- A sense of community and;
- Cluster management, facilities and services.
Dynamic clusters can play a powerful role in promoting the unmanned systems sector. If you want more information on clusters, please Contact Us.