DDC deploys delivery drones to serve Georgina Island First Nation

Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) announced this week a commercial agreement with the Georgina Island First Nation (GIFN) to deploy DDC’s drone delivery system and provide service to the GIFN community in Ontario, reports stattimes.com.

DDC will enable a defined two-way delivery flight route from/to GIFN mainland and to/from Georgina Island using the company’s Sparrow and its DroneSpotTM takeoff and landing zones as well as additional drone flight infrastructure as required.

Michael Zahra, President & CEO of DDC, said, “The Georgina Island First Nation Community will benefit from our drone deliveries during the pandemic and is another example of how our system is ideally suited for this type of application.”

GIFN are employing DDC’s Sparrow to limit person-to-person contact on its island ferry service by transporting COVID-19 related cargo such as personal protection equipment (PPE), hygiene kits, test kits, test swabs, etc.

Councilor William McCue of the Georgina Island First Nation, added, “Drone delivery is an innovative solution and we look forward to seeing the benefits for our community.” The agreement, which is for a period of six months, provides for the payment of an up-front, fixed-fee for managed services.

GIFN has funding from the Canadian Government via Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), for this particular project. ISC view it as a pilot to provide a “Proof of Concept” for consideration of future medical deliveries.

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