Wingcopter has been named a finalist in the XCELLENCE Awards by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI).
The awards honour individuals and organisations which are innovators in the unmanned systems industry, with a demonstrated commitment to advancing autonomy, leading and promoting safe adoption of unmanned systems, and developing programs that use these technologies to save lives and improve the human condition.
Wingcopter was selected from a pool of accomplished applicants as one of six finalists for the Humanitarian category, sponsored by DJI. Winners will be announced during the keynote session on Thursday, 8th October at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020 in Dallas, Texas.
Tom Plümmer, Co-Founder and CEO of Wingcopter, said: “Being recognised for our humanitarian efforts, something that is deeply rooted in our company DNA, encourages us to continue on the path we have chosen.
“Even though we will expand our activities in parcel and food delivery as well, we will always use our cutting-edge technology for the purpose of saving or improving people’s lives, as we believe that advances in technology should not be a privilege of economically developed societies.”
This latest nomination is not the first of this kind for Wingcopter. The company recently won the #SmartDevelopmentHack, a global hackathon initiated by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) that solicited innovative digital solutions to tackle the challenges caused by the coronavirus outbreak in low- and middle-income countries.
Other examples of Wingcopter’s humanitarian missions include a project in the South Pacific island state of Vanuatu, where the company set up a drone-based on-demand supply network on behalf of the local Ministry of Health and supported by UNICEF.
By delivering vaccines for children to 19 remote health clinics, delivery times could be reduced from several hours or even days to a few minutes. Also in Tanzania and Malawi, Wingcopter was able to prove that drone delivery can drastically shorten patients’ waiting times, especially for urgently needed medicines.
Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI, said: “The AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards celebrate the achievements of individuals and organizations who have applied unmanned systems technology to create solutions to address a range of challenges affecting business and society. AUVSI is pleased to recognise these finalists for their perseverance and dedication to turn dreams into reality.”
Dedicated to improving the lives of people worldwide, a significant part of Wingcopter’s projects are of humanitarian nature. The company says its aircraft are ‘perfectly fitted for long-range delivery of urgently needed medical goods in areas where infrastructure is poor or destroyed, and traditional means of transport would take too long’.
Thanks to its patented tilt-rotor mechanism, the Wingcopter can take off and land in the smallest spaces, while at the same time fly as fast and efficiently as a fixed-wing unmanned aircraft. A proprietary winch mechanism even allows to safely and accurately lower the cargo at the point of destination without the need for any landing infrastructure.
For more information about XPONENTIAL and the XCELLENCE Awards, visit xponential.org.