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Swiss local: Swiss Post, Swiss WorldCargo and Matternet start drone tests

Press release:
Swiss Post, Swiss WorldCargo and Matternet start drone tests

Communication dated 07.07.2015

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Swiss Post, Swiss WorldCargo and Matternet are jointly testing the commercial use of logistics drones. The three companies are investigating specific uses of drone technology and examining the cost-effectiveness of these business ideas. They will be carrying out drone tests in July 2015 for this purpose. The widespread use of drones is not expected within the next five years. The focus is primarily on their use in exceptional cases or the transport of special items.

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In spring 2015, Swiss Post, Swiss WorldCargo (the air freight division of Swiss International Air Lines) and Matternet (a logistics drone manufacturer based in California) joined forces to test the practical use of drones in logistics. The possible areas of application offered by drone technology are very diverse, ranging from delivery to peripheral areas to the express delivery of goods. Until the time of their realistic commercial use in around five years, there are various requirements which need to be clarified. This includes the regulatory framework. In addition, there are technical restrictions with the drones of today, such as limited battery life.

Use in emergency situations conceivable

With these tests, the partners are pursuing the aim of playing a leading role in this significant development and pinpointing the technical possibilities and their own needs at an early stage. From today’s point of view, the use of drones in emergency situations is conceivable. This could, for example, involve bringing supplies to an area that has been cut off from the outside world following a storm. Another realistic possibility is the urgent transport of consignments with the highest priority, such as laboratory tests. Which specific uses will prevail depends on how quickly the regulatory requirements are clarified and technical obstacles dismantled. 

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Drone model to be initially used

The business partners will test several Matternet ONE vehicles. The flying device is specially designed for transporting small deliveries and it is extremely simple to operate. Matternet ONE will be used for the first time together with our partners as part of the tests. The drone has an extremely light construction and is capable of transporting loads of up to 1 kilogram over more than 10 kilometres with a single battery charge. Matternet ONE flies autonomously, following clearly defined, secure flight paths, which are drawn up by cloud software developed by Matternet.

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USA local: Drone America and AMR Collaborate to Make Emergency Drones a Reality

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

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Drone America and American Medical Response (AMR) are collaborating to bring Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS) to the emergency medical services industry. By leveraging UAS technologies, AMR’s specialty teams would be able to provide swifter and safer rescue operations in dangerous situations such as disaster response, mountain rescue and swift water rescues.

“We are looking at the various potentials for the use of UAS’s for both the delivery of medical services, such as an AED, and as a platform for public safety initiatives to support search and rescue operations and communication with patients,” said AMR’s Senior Vice President of Operations Randall Strozyk.

A Drone America’s pre-production medical DAx8 UAS was revealed at AMR’s booth during the American Ambulance Association’s 2014 Annual Conference Nov. 17 in Las Vegas. Recently the AMR DAx8 gave a short flight demonstration inside a North Lake Tahoe Fire Department station for a Channel 8 KOLO News story about drones.

“Drone America’s DAx8 is specifically engineered with emergency services and first responders in mind,” said President and CEO of Drone America Mike Richards.

“We place great emphasis on listening to first responders, which influences our designs and gives us the ability to manufacture mission specific unmanned systems. Once completed, our systems will be a tool that could make a difference in their everyday lives, including increasing safety, reducing response times and providing support during emergency situations and disasters.”

Both AMR and Drone America expect this collaboration will cultivate the use of unmanned systems for life-saving applications.

About AMR:

American Medical Response, Inc. (www.amr.net), America’s leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 18,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals work together to transport more than 3 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. AMR, a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: EVHC), is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo.

About Drone America:

Drone America has more than 100 years combined experience in flight operations and aerospace manufacturing. Our products are designed and manufactured using the latest advanced composite fabrication techniques producing safe, lightweight and robust airframes enabling reliable operations for our customers. Our composite manufacturing processes developed in-house are also environmentally friendly.


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