The Cantoblanco Hospital, part of La Paz, was the scene this Tuesday of the first drone flight for the transport of medical material, as part of a pioneering project in Spain that aims to transport small equipment, medicines and samples with these remotely piloted devices.
The simulation consisted of transporting a load of medicines from the aforementioned health centre, successfully crossing the Valdelatas forest and then returning to the starting point.
The demonstration provided an overview of, among other issues, the time, cost, logistical traceability and carbon dioxide emissions avoided, as well as the operational capabilities that this system offers in urban areas compared to conventional means.
This exhibition marks the end of the first phase of the so-called Aero Logistics of Emergencies for Hospitals and Public Organisms (Ale-Hop), in which the Community of Madrid is collaborating with a public-private consortium, the regional government said in a statement.
Start of the second phase
The second phase is now underway, which will consist of achieving the movement without direct vision of these devices so that they automatically leave these products for optional use in the corresponding lockers of intelligent lockers.
These devices, by means of a mobile application, allow the opening, loading and weighing of this equipment without manual intervention.
The Ale-Hop project is financed with European Regional Development Funds (Feder), through the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, channelled by Innovative Business Groups (AEI) such as the Spanish Logistics Centre (CEL) and the Innovation Centre for Logistics and Transport (Citet). The companies Bluenest, Cloud District and NTT Data also participate in this framework.