By Chris Stonor
Matternet, announced last week its first deployment of the Matternet Station at EOC hospital group in Lugano, Switzerland, reports a press release.
The Station brings to completion “a holistic logistics system” that together with the Matternet M2 drone and Cloud Platform, enables automated drone delivery. This important enhancement allows the company to accelerate the roll-out of city-wide networks, the first of which will be in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as recently announced.
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Matternet’s drones have been flying BVLOS over Swiss cities for more than four years with Swiss Post. Following a trial period, the Station is to replace human operators at the Italiano facility of EOC in Lugano, a customer Swiss Post and Matternet have served jointly since 2017.
The release says, “This Station takes the Matternet platform to new levels of reliability, security, and efficiency” and offers these bullet points as examples.
- Automated loading and temperature-controlled storage of payloads
- Self-serve package retrieval via badged authentication
- Robust tracking and chain-of-custody reporting
An elegantly designed architectural structure, the Station’s small footprint and precision landing system permit colocation at customer facilities and seamless integration within their operation. At 10 ft tall, the Station keeps drones out of reach to maximise safety on the ground.
Andreas Raptopoulos, CEO of Matternet, commented, “The Station is critical for unlocking scalable drone delivery at attractive unit economics. Its accessibility and ease-of-use makes Matternet’s drone-as-a-service platform even more valuable to customers in healthcare and beyond, while significantly improving the sustainability of last-mile logistics.”
Adding, “It is a critical piece of the puzzle that advances Matternet’s vision for global, city-wide drone delivery networks.”
The release continues, “For health systems, Matternet can do for inter-facility transport what a pneumatic tube does within the walls of the hospital, giving every healthcare facility in a metropolitan area an easy and fast way to deliver to one another.”
And goes on, “Current and future benefits include faster diagnostics, shipment of time-critical supplies on demand, centralization of inventory for just-in-time replenishment across fragmented points-of-care, and consolidation of distributed facilities (e.g. labs and pharmacies) to lower overhead.”
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