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Skyports collaborates on space-enabled drone deliveries for NHS in Scotland

Skyports collaborates on space-enabled drone deliveries for NHS in Scotland
Skyports collaborates on space-enabled drone deliveries for NHS in Scotland
<p><strong>Drone delivery service provider Skyports has collaborated with technology communications company Vodafone and digital consultants Deloitte to transport medical supplies and samples for the NHS in Scotland using drones.&nbsp;The live flights will take place later this year and will use mobile connectivity and space-based technology.&nbsp;The Skyports-led project was selected following a drive to find space-enabled technology and services that can support the NHS response to coronavirus and stop the spread of the disease in a joint funding initiative between the UK Space Agency (UKSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA).&nbsp;In the coming months, Skyports will start delivering pathology samples, medicine, essential personal protective equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 testing kits between hospitals and to and from medical practices in Argyll and Bute on the west coast of Scotland.</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" src="http://images.vfl.ru/ii/1594539912/b6fe05fe/31054414.jpg" style="height:382px; width:600px" /></strong></p> <p>Through Skyports&rsquo; technology, pick-ups that currently take up to 48 hours to be transported between healthcare sites will take only 30 minutes and with a much higher frequency.&nbsp;NHS staff will be able to make on-demand and scheduled requests to use Skyports drones, via a web customer interface developed by Deloitte.&nbsp;The drones will be remotely piloted from the Skyports Operations Centre in Argyll and Bute and will fly automatically along predefined routes.&nbsp;&nbsp;Communication between the drone and the ground control station (GCS) will be provided using Vodafone&rsquo;s 4G network and satellite communications, as well as Earth observation data, to ensure connectivity coverage is provided at all times for safety reasons.</p> <p>By the end of the project, Skyports aims to integrate its operations into the local NHS supply chain, build its route network and create a foundation drone delivery service that can be scaled for permanent operations.</p> <p>In May, Skyports completed a trial drone delivery operation to fly essential medical cargo between two hospitals in the Scottish Highlands to assist the NHS and the government in the battle against COVID-19.&nbsp;&nbsp;Skyports is also working with the Argyll and Bute HSCP as part of its involvement in the CAA Regulatory Sandbox.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://images.vfl.ru/ii/1594539946/d736c411/31054415.jpg" style="height:401px; width:600px" /></p> <p><strong>Duncan Walker, Chief Executive Officer at Skyports, said:</strong> &ldquo;Using drone deliveries within supply chains can create significant time and cost savings.&nbsp;&nbsp;This project is a natural progression from our recent trials with the NHS in Scotland as we scale and develop our operations, supporting a wider network of hospitals and medical practices as they continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.&nbsp;We want more healthcare facilities to benefit from our service over the long-term and the experience of this important initiative will put us another step closer to permanent operations that the whole of the NHS could soon benefit from.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Anne Sheehan, Director, Vodafone Business UK, said:</strong> &ldquo;There will be huge benefits from the use of drones connected to the mobile network that can be flown safely and securely beyond line of sight. This is a brilliant example of how using connected drones can radically change the way things are done, and really change people&rsquo;s lives.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Scott Campbell, partner and leader in Deloitte Ventures, said</strong>: &ldquo;Drones have the potential to revolutionise the delivery of urgent goods and services for remote locations. Hard-to-reach communities in Argyll and Bute will benefit from drones as an alternative to land or sea transportation. This project is a powerful example of the value that drones could bring to communities and wider society in the coming years, as businesses collaborate to further develop the technology.&rdquo;</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://images.vfl.ru/ii/1594539974/ca67d0d8/31054416.jpg" style="height:401px; width:600px" /></p> <p><em>Drone Delivery Demand</em></p> <p><em>Around the world drones are already being used to deliver products more quickly, cheaply and efficiently than ground transport alternatives, especially in heavily congested cities and hard-to-reach rural areas. Drone deliveries can reduce costs, improve the frequency and speed of transport, optimise supply chains and improve connectivity to underserved areas.</em></p> <p><em>The drone package delivery market is projected to be worth &pound;21 billion (US$27.4 billion) by 2030[1] Increasing amend for faster deliver deliveries, changes to the regulations to enable drone deliveries and the proliferation of low-cost and light-payload drones are fuelling the growth of the drone logistics market.</em></p>
7/12/2020
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