To many people, the idea of products being delivered by drones may seem fanciful yet far-fetched. A lack of access to all-weather roads is one of the biggest challenges facing affordable healthcare provision in rural areas. How can Kenya adapt to such technology and is Kisumu ready to be the next model for drone delivery?
As drone delivery technology expands, businesses expect deliveries to be safer, more efficient, faster, and at a lower cost than conventional road transportation. By leveraging the underutilized space above us, drone delivery can lessen our reliance on the ground beneath us, cutting costs and emissions, reducing congestion, and making our roads safer.
Skycart is a drone delivery service that ships items to your front door in 30 minutes or less. According to Skycart’s Rodgers Okeya, “the company builds the world’s most advanced delivery drones and uses drones to deliver medical supplies to people who need them most.” Currently, the company is building its third hybrid prototype drone which is intended to be more flexible in handling delivery items.
During the Kisumu Investments Conference in Ciala Resort, Skycart Kenya signed a memorandum with the County Government of Kisumu which according to the Governor, Anyang Nyong’o will be able to assist the healthcare system to deliver medical supplies to hospitals.
As Kenya paces against quality network coverage through mobile networks, drone operators are well-positioned to identify, track, and control fleet of drones. The wide-area, quality, and secure connectivity provided by mobile networks can enhance the efficiency of drone operations beyond visual line-of-sight range.
Drones are relatively new technology, and their suitability and cost-effectiveness in these contexts have not been thoroughly examined. Kisumu will be the first County to adopt drone delivery for life-saving and critical health products. According to Mr Rodgers, drones can get to remote places across the county in minutes and with minimal risk of contamination.