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Vanuatu awards international drone companies with commercial contracts for vaccine delivery

By admin In UAV News

26

Oct
2018

Vanuatu awards international drone companies with commercial contracts for vaccine delivery

In a global first, the Vanuatu Government has awarded two international drone companies, Swoop Aero and Wingcopter, with commercial contracts to trial the use of drones to bring lifesaving vaccines to children living in remote rural islands.

“Ensuring vital supplies at health facilities are consistently available is an ongoing challenge for Vanuatu due to geography, logistics and high costs. An important step for dealing with some of these challenges to providing healthcare to vulnerable communities is looking at innovative ways such as the use of drones,” said Director General of the Ministry of Health in Vanuatu, George Taleo.

The first phase of the drone trials will take place during the week of 3-7 December when these two drone companies will test the viability of delivering vaccines to inaccessible areas.

“UNICEF is proud to partner with the Vanuatu Government in such an innovative initiative to trial drones for delivering a reliable supply of vaccines to children living in remote communities,” said UNICEF Pacific Representative, Sheldon Yett.

“The challenges of reaching children in the remote islands of Vanuatu are immense, nurses often walk several hours to deliver vaccines to health clinics in these communities. Every child in the world has the right to lifesaving vaccines and this technology is a step towards reaching those children most at risk,” he added.

Vanuatu is an island country in the Pacific, an archipelago of 83 islands that covers 1,600 kilometres. About one-third of the inhabited islands have airfields and established roads, which creates considerable logistical challenges to reach, engage with and support remote communities.

Through the Government’s competitive procurement process, a total of twenty bids from drone companies within the Pacific region and from countries around the world were received and evaluated, with two contracts awarded to Swoop Aero Pty Ltd of Melbourne, Australia, to cover health facilities on Epi and the Shepherd Islands as well as Erromango Island with vaccine delivery. Wingcopter Holding GmbH & Co. KG of Darmstadt, Germany, was awarded the third contract to deliver vaccines to facilities on Pentecost Island.

During the first phase of the drone trials in December, drones will take off from the old Takara airstrip, North Efate. Flying over the offshore islands of Emao, Pele and Nguna drones will drop off a package at a cordoned off area at Siviri football field returning to land at Takara. The second phase of the trial, which will transport vaccines to health facilities on the three islands, is expected to commence in early January 2019.

The drone trials will engage healthcare workers from the facilities on the selected islands, as well as teachers, children and government officials, which is vital to share knowledge and expertise.

This initiative is led by Vanuatu’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Infrastructure & Public Utilities through the Civil Aviation Authority of Vanuatu. Technical support and financing are provided by UNICEF and the Australian Government’s InnovationXchange Accelerator Fund.

Published at Fri, 26 Oct 2018 05:18:47 +0000

{articles|100|campaign}ANAFI Extended: THE drone with extra-long flight time and incomparable imaging features!

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ANAFI, the new generation of quadcopter by Parrot, is now available as an Extended version. The comprehensive ANAFI Extended pack is designed for “anytime, anywhere” portability, with a comfortable shoulder bag and three batteries that collectively provide 75 minutes of flight time.

ANAFI Extended offers plenty of juice, even when you’re off the grid. The three included batteries provide up to 75 minutes of flight time (25 minutes/battery), and USB-C charging lets you recharge from a portable power bank. Thanks to its stylish ergonomic carrying case, ANAFI Extended is ready to tag along on all your adventures. It unfolds in three seconds, and it’s instantly ready to take flight and capture your most beautiful moments.

ANAFI Extended: Key Features

ANAFI Extended includes Parrot’s one-of-a-kind ANAFI flying 4K HDR camera, with a built-in camera module that’s stabilized on three axes. A vertical inclination of 180° — an industry first — lets you shoot straight up or down as the drone flies. A lossless 2.8x zoom lets you keep a safe distance while capturing full-resolution video.

ANAFI Extended is designed for first-time flyers and expert pilots alike. Very easy to use, it offers automated camera movements to create complex shots effortlessly. For more-experienced users, ANAFI Extended also features full manual flight controls and professional-level image settings.

ANAFI Extended also keeps getting better. Thanks to a new software update* that enhances its photo and video features, ANAFI Extended further enriches the flight experience:

· HDR+ for videos and photos: ANAFI captures videos with beautiful, true-to-life contrast in any lighting conditions. Its HDR shooting modes make it a unique option–and a pioneer–in the consumer-drone market.

· Panorama photo modes: Capture more of your world with five breathtaking panorama effects. Panorama Sphere, Little Planet, Tunnel, Vertical 180°, and Horizontal 180° deliver stunning immersive results.

· Dolly Zoom: Sixty years after Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo introduced this camera effect, ANAFI became the first drone to make it accessible to everyone! With a simple tap of a touchscreen, Dolly Zoom can be configured to focus on a person, a building, a landscape detail, or anything your creativity desires.

· Hyperlapse video: With the help of ANAFI, you can even control the flow of time! With just one click, capture the clouds moving or the waves breaking at different speeds (15x, 30x, 60x, 120x, or 240x).

· 120 FPS Slow Motion: Witness every split second of that frontside 180 kickflip, quad cork 1800, or diving catch. Sports and action sequences shine in ANAFI’s amazing 4x slow-motion videos at 720p resolution.

Packed with optimized flight controls and professional-grade photo and video features, ANAFI Extended includes everything you need for capturing your best moments from incredible new perspectives.

ANAFI Extended is available beginning October 25, 2018 at Best Buy, Bestbuy.com, B&H, Adorama, Amazon.com and parrot.com. | MSRP: $799

ANAFI Extended includes: 1 ANAFI drone, 3 smart batteries, 1 Parrot Skycontroller 3 controller, 1 ergonomic shoulder bag, and 2 months of free access to Adobe Creative Cloud or Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

*Software updates are available as a free download beginning Oct. 25, 2018 through the FreeFlight 6 app. Panorama modes will be available to download late November 2018. These software updates are available for all ANAFI pilots.

Published at Fri, 26 Oct 2018 04:02:18 +0000

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