India trials BVLOS medical deliveries in the state of Telanga to support Covid-19 measures

India’s state of Telangana, supported by the World Economic Forum, is trialling drone deliveries of medicines as part of the ‘Medicine from the Sky’ project, according to report by The Times of India. A consortium led by Dunzo Digital will conduct beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone delivery flights aimed at supporting delivery of vaccines and medicines during Covid-19.

The project will serve different districts and will focus on an end-to-end ecosystem for drone-based logistic transportation and utilise the existing logistics network of the state, says the newspaper.

“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. 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,” said Jayesh Ranja, principal secretary, ITE&C department, Government of Telanga.

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