Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has signed a commercial agreement with TECSYS Inc. to design, develop and implement drone delivery services for the healthcare market.
Using DDC’s logistics platform, the companies will work to develop, prototype and test depot-to-depot solutions as well as depot-to-consumer solutions for the healthcare supply chain. If testing is successful, the companies will proceed with commercial investment with DDC responsible for its own costs and expenses in the testing and development of a drone delivery logistics platform.
DDC says it has been successful in achieving beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) testing and the agreement with TECSYS will open greater opportunities to serve the healthcare sector across North America. Specifically, the companies will work to improve rural healthcare by using drones and developing further healthcare solutions carried by drones.
The drone delivery market has been on the uptick of late with ZTO Express recently completing a trial run in China flying a drone to an industrial park in Zhejiang Province. Another delivery service opened in Europe to deliver drinks to a public beach in Vijandi, Estonia, as part of another trial. Earlier this year, a pair of hospitals in Switzerland ran test flights to transport lab samples back and forth between the hospitals as part of a greater effort to improve efficiency. And in February, delivery giant UPS successfully launched a drone from a truck and dropped off a package at a rural residence.