Matternet and SkyGo Announce First City-Wide Drone Network
by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby
Matternet, the worldwide chief in city drone supply, introduced as we speak a city-wide drone community for the fast supply of medical items in Abu Dhabi. Matternet is collaborating with the Abu Dhabi Department of Health (DoH), in addition to SkyGo, a UAE logistics firm with in-depth information of the Abu Dhabi healthcare panorama and experience in logistics and distribution within the Gulf area. The community will present a serious enhance within the connectivity of the Emirate’s well being ecosystem and place it as a global leader in advanced air mobility. The DoH shared information of the challenge yesterday.
Matternet will function its expertise below SkyGo’s license for BVLOS drone delivery, and transport pressing, important medical provides equivalent to COVID-19 vaccines, blood, and lab samples throughout Abu Dhabi’s well being system.This follows Matternet’s achievement final month of turning into the primary drone firm within the U.S. to transport the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine via drone.
The Abu Dhabi metropolis community will enable for quicker turnaround time (TAT) of samples, extra dependable cargo of time-sensitive provides, diminished waste from stock centralization, and consolidation of distributed amenities to decrease overhead. The service will develop to a 24/7 operation and develop into a important part of Abu Dhabi’s logistics infrastructure.
Matternet and SkyGo plan to put in 40 drone ports in Abu Dhabi by the top of the primary yr of operation. A drone transportation community at this scale won’t solely make healthcare extra environment friendly and enhance affected person outcomes, however may also decrease the variety of supply automobiles on Abu Dhabi’s roads, lessening congestion, bettering air high quality, and decreasing town’s carbon footprint.
The firms have accomplished the primary section of in-country flight testing, and on the DoH headquarters in Abu Dhabi they just lately hosted a real-time demonstration of the service within the presence of H.E. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamed, H.E. Eng. Sultan Bin Saed Al Mansoori, H.E. Dr. Jamal Mohammed Al Kaabi Undersecretary of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, and H.E. Sultan Al Dhaheri, Executive Board Member of SkyGo, amongst others. The demo flight transported a stay affected person PCR check from Zayed Sports City to a laboratory with end-to-end chain of custody monitoring by way of Matternet’s Terminal and Mission Control purposes. The firms plan to finish testing by the top of the yr and start industrial operations in Q1 2022.
“We are seeing Matternet’s imaginative and prescient of constructing city-wide drone transportation infrastructure come to fruition in Abu Dhabi.” stated Matternet CEO Andreas Raptopoulos. “The complementary experience and synergies with SkyGo have enabled us to maneuver at unprecedented pace with plans to launch a community overlaying dozens of Abu Dhabi healthcare amenities in simply the primary yr of operation. This can be a mannequin for the remainder of the world on find out how to efficiently scale drone supply for the advantage of healthcare and society total.”
“SkyGo and Matternet are on a journey to reinvent the availability chain for ‘The City of The Future,’” added SkyGo CEO Houssam Mahmoud. “The first milestone can be to attach the complete healthcare ecosystem in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.”
Ian attended Dominican University of California, the place he acquired a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong ardour for writing and storytelling and a eager curiosity in expertise, he’s now contributing to DroneLife as a workers author.
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