Swoop Aero wins Australian 5G Innovation Initiative funding to explore the benefits of drones and 5G. Swoop Aero’s award-winning drone logistics platform has been used to deliver medical supplies to remote islands, pharmacy deliveries to distant Australian communities and in response to COVID-19 in Africa.
by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby
Swoop Aero will provide access to sustainable air logistics across Australia with 5G-enabled aircraft after being selected as one of only 19 recipients to test the use of 5G in the country as part of Australia’s 5G innovation initiative.
The program is run by the Australian Department of Infrastructure, Transportation, Regional Development and Communications and offers companies in various industrial sectors and locations the opportunity to test and test applications that demonstrate the power and benefits of 5G.
“With the advent of 5G-enhanced mobile broadband, the potential use cases for operating drone networks across Australia and worldwide are skyrocketing,” said Eric Peck, CEO and co-founder of Swoop Aero. “From the United Nations to the United States Agency for International Development to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we’ve been trusted by some of the biggest names in global healthcare to create value by transforming healthcare supply chains in a sustainable way bring a fantastic initiative right on our doorstep. “
This new announcement follows the launch of Swoop Aero’s most advanced aircraft, Kite ™, which can fly at speeds of up to 200 km per hour and on a single battery charge with an increased payload capacity of. Can fly over geographical ranges of more than 180 km up to 5 kg.
Drones and 5G
During the study, Swoop Aero will use the information gained while operating in Africa to bring Australians two commercial uses of advanced drone technology: aero-medical supplies, including medical supplies such as COVID-19 vaccines, and coastal patrols and emergency response. This includes the use of automated drone technology, including 5G technology, to enable high quality live streaming that can be used by computer vision models to identify shark sightings and drowning incidents.
The advent of 5G-enhanced mobile broadband enables highly reliable, low-latency communications, equipping drone logistics networks with greater coverage, improved uptime, and sophisticated technical capabilities such as real-time tracking and surveillance. It will address the current challenges facing these industries and open the skies to more use cases of drone logistics networks in the future.
“The Australian landscape is vast and variable, and drone networks offer innovative and effective solutions not only to the tyranny of distance, but also to poor infrastructure, traffic congestion, unpredictable waterways, mountain ranges and challenging terrain,” continued Peck. “By providing aero-medical supplies and coastal patrol search and rescue during this study, the Swoop Aero team looks forward to providing seamless supply chains that bring emotional and economic prosperity to the Australian communities we serve.”
Ian attended the Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now a contributor to DroneLife.
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