The delivery and e-commerce firm Dunzo to improve access to healthcare during these trying times is leading a Med-Air consortium along with industry experts to conduct experimental BVLOS (Below Visual Line of Sight) drone delivery flights for the ‘Medicine from the Sky Project’.
Launched by the Government of Telangana in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, the project aims to create a large-scale impact and help curb the spread of Covid-19 in the state by serving different districts with medical supplies. The drone delivery system will focus on an end-to-end ecosystem for drone-based logistic transportation and utilize the existing logistics network of the state.
“Telangana is one of the most proactive states looking to adopt emerging technologies, and the ‘Medicine from the Sky’ project using drones is in line with the same principles,”~Ayesh Ranjan, IAS, Principal Secretary, ITE&C Department, Government of Telangana.
He further added, “This project is one of the first such programs in the country where multiple drones would fly BVLOS to establish their value proposition for the healthcare supply chain. The vision is to ensure healthcare equity for rural areas.”
Through this initiative, the Telangana Government is leveraging the Centre’s recent regulation policies for low-altitude airspace for drones and unmanned aerial vehicles. And, to facilitate the same in a seamless manner the government has partnered with the World Economic Forum, government think tank Niti Aayog, and HealthNet Global for ‘Medicine from the Sky’ with the support of leaders in medicine, technology, and research.
“We appreciate the Government of Telangana’s recognition of the role technology can play in today’s world to build safer cities. We believe our participation in the ‘Medicine from the Sky’ project will facilitate a more connected state and country, allowing people almost instantaneous access to vaccines and medicines from the most populous to most remote areas in India in the near future,”~ Kabeer Biswas, CEO, and Founder, Dunzo Digital.
He added, “As our delivery partners continue to keep our cities safe on the ground, we are working round the clock to meet the urgency of the demand for essentials. Using technology we can now ensure that no matter where people live, life-saving essentials can and should reach them.”
Dunzo, since January 2021 witnessed a growth of 350 percent in medicine orders. Between March’21 to May’21, the company has facilitated the delivery of over 20,000 orders to hospitals. This, coupled with the delivery of home-cooked meals, oximeters, and other medical aid has led to an exponential growth of 204 percent in Dunzo’s pick up and drop orders. Delivering millions of orders through its B2B logistics service, Dunzo’s B2B (business-to-business) vertical has also grown 2x working with volunteers, NGOs, and other organizations, to deliver essentials to those affected in the community.