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Elite adapts drone delivery for coronavirus fight

Steve Rogerson
March 24, 2020



Italian company Elite Consulting has adapted its drone delivery system for medical supplies to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
 
The company designed a box suitable for the transport of swabs and small medicines with the DJI Matrice 200 series drone. The drone can be equipped with two boxes and is also able to fly during light rain to ensure continuity of operations.
 
Thanks to the resistance of the box, in the event of an accident, it is ensured that the biological material cannot come into contact with the surrounding environment. During coronavirus operations, it will be possible to enter the outbreak areas and help people in quarantine without the need to send staff that could be at risk of infection. The maximum distance that can be reached is about 5km.
 
If an old person needs urgent medicine, it can reach him or her within a municipality in two minutes and deliver the medicine. The patient can then be given instructions by phone on how to get it out of the box.
 
Swabs, on the other hand, could be delivered together with instructions on how to make them. In the USA, swabs for various tests are already delivered by post and then carried out independently by the patient and subsequently sent to the laboratory.
 
The box had already been tested in 2019 together with ENAC and the Monandi hospital in Naples. It was intended for the transport of biological samples but has been adapted for the coronavirus emergency. There are already many requests for interest in Europe.
 
As aid to the Italian government, if this technology is deemed useful, all the workers at the company have offered to provide free help to government agencies.