Drone delivery vendor Matternet has unveiled a new autonomous platform to support peer-to-peer drone logistics networks for the delivery of healthcare items to hospitals and other medical facilities.
The Matternet Station is integrated with an autonomous M2 drone and cloud platform to send and receive medical payloads at hospital campuses. The stations will be installed in healthcare system in Switzerland and the U.S.
Matternet said that the new station will move the vendor further into autonomous aerial systems, making it easier for healthcare systems to receive medical supplies from drones. Hospitals can now move blood diagnostics, pathology specimens and medicine between facilities and supplies.
“Our vision is to connect every healthcare facility in every metropolitan area with the fastest transportation method available today,” said Andreas Raptopoulos, CEO of Matternet. “We are building the technology platform for extremely fast, point-to-point, urban medical delivery, enabling hospital systems to shrink patient waiting times and save millions of dollars per year through the centralization of laboratories and medical inventory.”
The Matternet Station can be installed on the ground or rooftop locations and stands at about 10 ft tall, which Matternet said is high enough off the ground to not compromise safety if installed in public areas. Once an M2 drone lands on the station, it locks in place and automatically swaps its battery and payload. When not in use, the drone is parked in a hangar on top of the station. Each station also comes with its own automated aerial deconfliction system that manages drone traffic over the station.
The new Matternet Station also includes an authentication system that allows only authorized people to deposit or retrieve a payload by scanning their hospital ID badge. Payloads are also tracked, and the station can hold four payload boxes that are kept at a controlled temperature to ensure the health of the medicine or specimens being transported.