Shri. James K Sangma inaugurating the first Meghalaya Drone Delivery Network
Image Credit: TechEagle
This revolutionary Drone Delivery Hub and Network situated at Jengal Sub-Divisional Hospital was inaugurated by the Health Minister of Meghalaya, Shri. James P.K. Sangma on November 05, 2022, and with this, Meghalaya became the first state to have a full-fledged drone delivery network for healthcare on-demand supplies.
Timely delivery of medicines is one of the most challenging tasks for any doctor, nurse, or paramedic, especially in remote and hilly terrains such as Meghalaya. With the introduction of drone deliveries, the challenges of last-mile access could be successfully addressed. Drones are increasingly being used in public health, as well. The military uses drones for surveillance and reconnaissance, but the civilian sector is also exploring the use cases of this technology. Drones can be a cheaper alternative than manned aircraft, particularly when it comes to transporting objects like medicines or equipment. The usage of drones allows for much faster and more reliable deliveries, which would have dramatic effects on medical treatment in remote areas.
All SVM pilots are collaborative initiatives with the technology partners and are based on the founding principles of Open Innovation and Co-Innovation. These concepts were coined at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, where the Smart Village Movement was born. This is how Tech Eagle and SVM came together to demonstrate a first-of-its-kind drone pilot in the state of Meghalaya.
Co-Innovation is a process where mutually beneficial ideas and processes are generated in collaboration with multiple organizations and stakeholders, each contributing their expertise in resources for the most cost-effective and innovative solutions.
Open-Innovation is one of the strongest founding principles of Smart Village Movement, second only to Sustainability. As key elements of 21st-century rural development, they are proving to be the magic formula for holistic development.
In September 2021, a milestone was achieved in Meghalaya under the Smart Village Movement pilot, which successfully demonstrated medicine delivery via a Hybrid e-VTOL drone. TechEagle’s Hybrid e-VTOL Drone Aquila X2 delivered the lifesaving drugs successfully from Nongstoin District Hospital to Maweit PHC, situated 25 km apart from each other, reducing transport time from over 4 hours to less than 25 minutes.