by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M Crosby
Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has announced that it has entered into agreements with DSV Air & Sea Inc. Canada and Halton Healthcare Services Corporation to deploy DDC’s drone delivery solution to form a new transportation route for Oakville Hospital.
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The initiative was facilitated with the help of DDC’s sales agent, Air Canada, and developed in collaboration with McMaster University, DSV’s current logistics partner.
The intended route for this pilot project will be between DSV Canada’s head office in Milton, Ontario and Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in Oakville, Ontario. The project will make use of DSV’s existing DroneSpot® takeoff and landing infrastructure while also establishing new infrastructure at the hospital. Operations are expected to begin in Q3 2022 with a duration of 6 months. DSV’s intra-site route will remain operational simultaneously.
“Healthcare is constantly evolving and so is the technology that supports it. We are excited to be on the forefront of this innovative delivery system and look forward to working with our partners to further develop this technology for healthcare”, said Hilary Rodrigues, SVP Corporate Services, Performance & CFO, Halton Healthcare.
“As a leader in global logistics, DSV is continually focused on growth and innovation. The Care by Air Project represents a critical step towards optimizing supply chains that rely on time-sensitive and critical care medical cargo,” said Martin Roos, Managing Director, DSV Air & Sea Inc., Canada. “With the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen the need for urgent healthcare transportation to be innovated further. With new needs come new solutions. We are excited to take this next step in drone logistics by partnering as the hub for deliveries to Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. We are proud to play an integral role in developing drone delivery routes that will benefit Halton Region’s healthcare system and patient care.”
“Drones are a potentially transformative technology for solving transportation challenges associated with short-lived medical isotope products. We’re really excited to be involved in this project,” said Andrea Armstrong, Research Scientist at McMaster University.
“The healthcare vertical market is an area of high interest for DDC, with significant potential future opportunities from a perspective of time-critical deliveries, high-value and high-risk cargo utilizing our unique turnkey drone delivery solution,” said DDC CEO Steve Magirias. “This project is a great fit to demonstrate a new efficient way to transport medical goods from DSV Milton to Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. It will also allow us to explore additional connecting air routes, through DSV, in the future.”
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Ian attended Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now contributing to DroneLife as a staff writer.
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