Google-backed e-commerce and delivery company Dunzo Digital is leading a Med-Air consortium with industry experts to perform experimental BVLOS (Below Visual Line of Sight) drone delivery flights for the Medicine from the Sky Project ”. The aim is to help improve access to health care during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The project aims to serve different districts of Telangana State with medical supplies. The program launched by the Telangana government and the World Economic Forum aims to create large-scale impact and help curb the spread of Covid-19 in the state. The drone delivery system will focus on an end-to-end ecosystem for drone-based logistics transport and use the state’s existing logistics network.
“Telangana is one of the most proactive states looking to adopt emerging technologies, and the ‘Medicine from the Sky’ project using drones follows the same principles,” said Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, Principal Secretary, ITE & C Department. , government of Telangana. . “This project is one of the first such programs in the country where multiple drones would fly in BVLOS to establish their value proposition for the healthcare supply chain. The vision is to ensure equity in health care for rural areas.
Building on recent regulatory policies from the Center for Low Altitude Airspace for UAVs and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, the Telangana government is exploring the scope of providing medical and health care benefits by drones to across the state. The government has partnered with the World Economic Forum, government think tank Niti Aayog and HealthNet Global for “Medicine from the Sky” with support from leaders in medicine, technology and research. In addition, this much needed initiative will also ensure that the delivery of essential commodities such as vaccines and medicines continues to be sustained amid infrastructural challenges and bottlenecks.
“We appreciate the Telangana government’s recognition of the role technology can play in today’s world to build safer cities,” said Kabeer Biswas, CEO and Founder of Dunzo Digital. “We believe that our participation in the ‘Medicine from the Sky’ project will facilitate a more connected state and country, allowing people almost instant access to vaccines and medicines from the most populous to the most remote areas of India in the future. close. “
Since January 2021, Dunzo has seen a 350% growth in drug orders. Between March 21 and May 21, Dunzo facilitated the delivery of more than 20,000 orders to hospitals. This, along with the delivery of home cooked meals, oximeters and other medical aids, has resulted in an exponential 204% growth in Dunzo’s pickup and drop-off orders. By delivering millions of orders through its B2B logistics service, Dunzo’s B2B (business-to-business) vertical has also doubled by working with volunteers, NGOs and other organizations, to provide essentials to customers. people affected in the community.
“As our delivery partners continue to keep our cities on the ground safe, we are working around the clock to meet the urgent demand for basic necessities,” Biswas said. “With technology, we can now ensure that no matter where people live, the essentials that save lives can and should reach them. “