Zipline is robotic company which was founded in 2011 by Keller Rinaudo as robotic company and was producing small robots which were using mobile phones as their central processors( Romotive robots).In 2014 the main project was closed and the company was looking for new business ideas which would made bigger social impact. Later on Zipline focused on delivery of medicines to remote areas using automated drones.
Zipline operates the world’s only drone delivery system at national scale to send urgent medicines, such as blood and vaccines, to those in need – no matter where they live. (http://www.flyzipline.com/ )
According to the company, health workers in remote clinics can simply send text message to Zipline via Messenger or Zipline application with needed medicines and wait for a parcel .All medical products are stored in Zipline distribution warehouses which enables immediate access to most important and scarce medicines.After receiving text order ,distribution center pack up drone with medicines and send it to heath worker within a minutes , after 30 minutes the order is delivered be parachute to designed drop zone.
The drones company uses called Zips, weight of each drone is around 10 kilos and it can carry up to 1.8 kilos.
Nowadays the company is partnering with the government of Rwanda and serves 21 hospitals of western part of the country.They provide access to lifesaving medicines for almost eight million citizens of Rwanda and cover more than 7000 square miles.Having such a service in the country where only 25% of roads are paved can basically mean the difference between life and death.In 2017 company made around 1400 flights and delivered 2600 units of blood. Zipline is intended to open one more distribution center in Rwanda by the end of 2019.Moreover the company plans to work with Tanzania Ministry of Health in order to open distribution centers in Tanzania, the country 35 times the size of Rwanda.
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