Swiss Post to run drone service between hospitals

Swiss Post is to introduce a drone delivery service of lab samples to hospitals. The postal operator, the Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale (EOC) hospital group in the Ticino canton, and the drone makers Matternet are introducing the service that will use delivery drones to move lab samples between two hospitals in the city of Lugano.

The programme is going to be a live test of the system. The Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) is to inspect the drones and the first test flights will take place later this month.

In a statement, Swiss Post said, “As soon as the relevant approvals have been obtained, the three partners will be presenting the project in detail at a media event.”

Swiss Post first tested the use of drones in logistics together with Matternet in the summer of 2015.  The postal operator said it is now “going one step further” by starting a test phase for the first commercial use with the EOC hospital group. The drones will be carryng samples between the “Ospedale Italiano” and the “Ospedale Civico”.

Swiss Post believes that the drones could be in regular use between the two hospitals from 2018.

“Until then,” said Swiss Post, “the drones must prove that they meet strict safety, practicality and reliability requirements.”  
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