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TRANSPORTING MEDICAL GOODS SAFELY BY DRONE

At present, medical goods are transported to their destinations, sometimes individually and at high energy costs. In order to achieve greater efficiency there in the future, unmanned aerial systems can be used. They also enable fast and safe transport to rural areas. A MedPort reduces waiting times through automatic transport of goods and enables safe operation with high availability directly at the user's site.

The EULE project aims to realize the safe and efficient transport of medical goods by means of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) with the goal of efficiently networking hospitals, laboratories and pharmaceutical wholesalers in the Rhineland region. The use of new mobility applications through the use of unmanned aerial systems offers enormous potential for significantly improving medical care in cities and rural regions and supports the digitization-driven smart networking of medical logistics processes.

Realization

of a safe transport of medical goods by unmanned drones between cities and rural regions.

Advance

digitalized networking of medical logistics processes between hospitals, laboratories and pharmaceutical wholesalers in the Rhineland

Investigation

how necessary U-Space services in the Droniq UTM support the security of the overall system

Project duration

Project start: November 2021
Project end: October 2024

The goal

Within the project, a safe transport of medical goods by highly automated unmanned aerial vehicles is to be realized. The safe and efficient integration of the UAS into the airspace requires the integration of different data sources, electronic visibility, as well as a dedicated 5G-networked data management. Secure data handling in the course of automated integration of transports into hospital and laboratory infrastructure also represents an innovative research aspect of the project.

The implementation

The use of unmanned aerial systems for the safe and rapid transport of medical goods, such as drugs and tissue samples between pharmaceutical wholesalers, laboratories and hospitals offers enormous potential for significantly improving medical care between cities and rural regions. The digitization-driven smart networking of these medical logistics processes is being driven forward in the Rhineland area, where it can save human lives.

For the successful implementation of the project, a system architecture for medical transports will be defined on the basis of a user-specific requirements analysis. Safe flight operations through efficient integration into the airspace as well as the necessary research and development of sufficient connectivity including data management are central activities. Furthermore, the extensive, automated integration into the medical operation by a MedPort as well as a flight execution on selected routes are carried out.

Our contribution

In cooperation between Droniq GmbH and the Institute of Flight System Dynamics at RWTH Aachen University, it will be analyzed how the U-Space services in the Droniq UTM (e.g. tracking, traffic information, capacity planning, etc.) required for the planned operations can ensure the safety of the overall system. As part of the implementation, Droniq will investigate the smooth perception of the U-Space services by flyXdrive in the interaction of hardware and software. As a result, a safe integration of the used aircraft into the airspace will be developed within the project.

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Project partner

Institute for Flight System Dynamics at RWTH Aachen University

flyXdrive GmbH

FH Aachen

Vodafone GmbH

Docs in Clouds Telecare GmbH (DIC)

Droniq GmbH

RWTH Aachen University Hospital (UKA)

Aachen city

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