Avy’s new Aera of drone response networks
This is a personal opinion: we think Avy designs some really beautiful drones.
Most folks would remember Avy as the Dutch drone maker that partnered with the Botswana government to launch medical logistics in rural parts of the country in May this year.
But the manufacturer wants to be known for much more than just medical drones.
Avy wants to be known as the emergency drone response company – a company people would call in case of any emergency; be it medical, a fire or even a natural disaster – which is why yesterday the companylaunched its first Drone Response Network, combining autonomous aircraft that have vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities and docking stations where the drones will stay while waiting for a call.
According to Avy, the implementation of this network – which is set to start rolling out in the first quarter of 2022 – offers ‘drone coverage’ in a certain area, enabling instant deployment to support medical deliveries or emergency services during critical incidents.
“Avy’s Drone Response Network enables fast and quick deployment of the Aera for urgent logistics and emergency services,” said the company in a statement. “There is no need to assemble the aircraft or place the battery: it is ready for take-off whenever it’s needed. This allows for centralised command of multiple drones in the network.
“Several stations can be linked together and act as nodes, enabling the drones within the network to cover an even larger area. By combining multiple stations and aircraft, Avy’s new drone can be deployed in minutes to cover large areas, providing real-time information to first responders.
“In a scenario where two drone stations and two drones are placed strategically, the network can cover an area of 1000 square kilometres. The Avy Aera departs from its station within minutes, shortening response times and reducing costs for first responders.”
Avy’s new drone is called the Aera and with it, Avy are hoping to bridge the gap between manned aircraft, which is too big, and smaller drones.
“The new Avy Aera aircraft is a real game changer,” Avy added. “Where conventional drones need to be piloted manually and have a shorter range, this new generation drone is autonomous and has improved payload capacity, operability and reliability, carrying up to 3kg of medical goods over a distance of 100 km.
“Moreover, the aircraft is ready for year-round operation in rain and winds up to 45kph. Designed to meet EU drone regulations and UN standards for aerial transport of medical goods, it has a suite of redundant sensors and communication links on board, it is ready for increasingly complex operations.”
For medical deliveries, the Aera also comes with the Medkit, a four-litre medical supplies container fitted with sensors for immediate assessment. In it, medical products will remain cooled between 2-6 degrees Celsius for at least 100 minutes in an ambient temperature of up to 40°C.
The medkit will arrive as a response to concerns that nearly 30 billion dollars are lost every year because temperature-sensitive medicines get damaged due to overexposure and delays while in transit.
The Avy Drone Response network will be suitable for both urban and rural areas, delivering medicines, blood products, vaccines and other medical applications safer, twice as fast and more environmentally friendly than road transportation.
“We’ve taken all the lessons from being five years in this industry and shaped them into a new solution that will be revolutionary for urgent healthcare logistics and emergency services,” said Patrique Zaman, founder and CEO of Avy. “We picked the colours for our launching drone to reference our investor Orange Wings, who has been by our side from the beginning.”
In the Netherlands, Avy are already working with The Royal Dutch Touring Club (ANWB), package delivery company PostNL, helicopter services company CHC, Sanquin (the Dutch blood bank), Port of Rotterdam; and Danish emergency healthcare company Falck in deploying the Aera as a response to emergency situations.
“Avy’s new aircraft will make a substantial contribution to achieving the goal of connecting hospitals and laboratories by air by 2023,” says Simon Prent, Drone Operations Manager at ANWB Medical Air Asistance. “The new Medkit allows us to transport medical products at the right temperature and for the first time we’ll be able to fly in urban areas, where the hospitals are located,”
The Avy Aera can also be integrated with a high zoom RGB and thermal camera system and used to quickly detect wildfires, spot people in distress at sea, monitor oil spills and assess the situation on the ground. This way emergency services can respond quickly, safely and effectively.
“As launch partners we have entered into an innovative collaboration to benefit the healthcare sector. Avy and Falck share the same visions for the use of drones in the future, we couldn’t be more excited about the partnership. Our intentions with the new aircraft is to transport diagnostic samples and medicine in remote areas in Europe,” said Nicolai Laugesen, Falck’s Head of Bid and Commercial Excellence.