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Drones Deliver COVID-19 Tests, PPE to Remote Scottish Island in Just 15 Minutes Instead of 2 Hours by Ferry

Drones Deliver COVID-19 Tests, PPE to Remote Scottish Island in Just 15 Minutes Instead of 2 Hours by Ferry

When the Coronavirus pandemic hit, Scottish islands were on lockdown, which meant resources had been scarce from the mainland and globally as well. As part of a two-week trial, drones will deliver urgently needed medical supplies, including COVID-19 test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) 12 miles (19km) across the sea from Oban to Mull.

The supplies, which will be flown between Lorn and Islands District General Hospital in Oban to the Mull and Iona Community Hospital in Craignure on the Isle of Mull, will speed up the diagnosis process. UK-based drone delivery provider, Skyports will conduct the trial with a fleet of delivery drones supplied by the reputable unmanned aircraft-maker, Wingcopter.



The trial flights will be implemented through a pioneering drone operations management platform, Soarizon, which offers digital tools that adhere to drone safety measures. The trial is backed by Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) – the integrated partnership of NHS Highland and Argyll and Bute Council directed by the local Integration Joint Board.

Drones deliver medical supplies to remote Scottish islands

The drones can fly up to 62 miles and carry 22 pounds 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Posted by In The Know Tech on Monday, June 1, 2020

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