Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has announced that its six-month “Care by Air Project” trial, in collaboration with DSV and Halton Healthcare, has now commercially started, reports stattimes.com. First revealed last November, DDC is using its Sparrow drone, DroneSpot takeoff and landing zones as well as FLYTE software to enable defined-route deliveries.

Other partners include McMaster University and Air Canada Cargo, to assist develop a reliable and efficient process for transporting medical supplies and products through a drone delivery system.

The aim is to transport a wide range of healthcare supplies, including medical isotopes for cancer care (provided by McMaster University), using cargo drones to Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in Oakville, Ontario, for quick and effective delivery. This drone delivery of vital medical supplies is the first of its type in Canada, delivering healthcare items directly to a hospital for on-site patient diagnosis, treatment or care.

Martin Roos, MD of DSV Air & Sea Canada, commented, “The post-pandemic era has highlighted the need to find innovations in healthcare, enabling safe, secure and reliable ways to deliver vital or urgent medical supplies to facilitate patient care.”

He continued, “The Care by Air Project represents a major step toward optimising these supply chains. We are excited to take this next step in drone logistics by partnering as the hub for deliveries to Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and to play an integral role in developing drone delivery routes in our communities. This will benefit Halton Healthcare’s hospitals and the patients they serve.”

Steve Magirias

All operations are to be conducted in accordance with appropriate Canadian regulations and flights are being remotely monitored by DDC from its Operations Control Centre located in Vaughan, Ontario.

Steve Magirias, CEO of DDC, said, “This partnership with Halton Healthcare and DSV is highly innovative and groundbreaking. The pilot project is just the first step of the overall vision of connecting all hospitals within the Halton Healthcare umbrella. We are proud to commence the operations and look forward to supporting other hospitals in Ontario as well as in Canada.”

The project’s aim is to demonstrate the worth and usefulness of a drone delivery system in healthcare compared to traditional transportation techniques.

Hilary Rodrigues, Senior VP Corporate Services, Performance & Chief Financial Officer, Halton Healthcare, added, “Being at the forefront of an innovative drone delivery system is the ideal way to contribute to the advancement of healthcare so we can be more responsive to the care needs of our patients, families and communities.”

The project also aims to gain support and clearance for the future transportation of a wide range of healthcare supplies and products by cargo drones, including specimens of blood or human tissue to diagnose and cure heart disease and cancer.

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