Japan’s Kaga City Council demonstrates drone medical deliveries in partnership with Skyports

Skyports Drone Services reports successful completion of a drone delivery proof of concept in partnership with Kaga City and Kanematsu Corporation. Kanematsu Corporation has partnered with Kaga City since 2021 for the promotion of regional revitalisation through the use of drones and aerial vehicles.

Transporting simulated blood and other materials of up to 3kg between Kaga Medical Centre towards locations at Kaga Onsen Care Centre and Yamanaka Onsen Nukumori Clinic, the flight paths mirrored actual high demand transport routes and sought to establish the time and cost savings that can be achieved with Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone operations.

The closed-door milestone event was marked with a ceremony attended by Mr Riku Miyamoto, Mayor of Kaga City, and invited guests that include business leaders and key stakeholders from and beyond Kaga City.

Mayor of Kaga City, Mr Riku Miyamoto said, “Kaga City is proud to be at the forefront of introducing drone delivery services to Japan, and believe that the PoC demonstrates the strong potential of drone technology in bridging pressing logistical challenges. We are committed to leveraging on innovative and impactful technologies to elevate the lives of our residents and bring new socio-economic opportunities in the months and years ahead. With this first step, we look forward to further collaboration to expand on the types of services and deliveries we can provide to the community in Kaga, and set a standard for the rest of the country.”

(Image: Mr Riku Miyamoto (center), Mayor of Kaga City, with representatives from Skyports, Kanematsu Corporation, the Kaga City Council, NTT Communications, and venue host, Kaga Medical Centre)

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