Matternet Announces Commercial Deployment of the Matternet Station
The Safe and Secure Drone Portal Completes the Industry’s First End-to-End Automated Drone Delivery Service
Matternet, developer of the world’s leading urban drone logistics platform, announced its first deployment of the Matternet Station at EOC hospital group in Lugano, Switzerland. The Station brings to completion a holistic logistics system, which together with the Matternet M2 drone and Cloud Platform, will enable automated drone delivery. This major enhancement will allow Matternet to accelerate the roll-out of city-wide networks, the first of which will be in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as announced earlier this month.
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Matternet’s drones have been flying beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) over Swiss cities for more than four years with Swiss Post. Following a trial period, the Station will replace human operators at the Italiano facility of EOC in Lugano, a customer Swiss Post and Matternet have served jointly since 2017.
Urban drone operations promise to significantly advance on-demand and last-mile logistics by making transport of physical goods within cities faster, cheaper, and more sustainable. Specifically, the Station takes the already robust Matternet platform to new levels of reliability, security, and efficiency by adding:
- Automated loading and temperature-controlled storage of payloads
- Self-serve package retrieval via badged authentication
- Robust tracking and chain-of-custody reporting
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An elegantly designed architectural structure, the Station’s small footprint and precision landing system permit colocation at customer facilities and seamless integration within their operation. At 3 meters (10 feet) tall, the Station keeps drones out of reach to maximize safety on the ground.
For health systems, Matternet can do for inter-facility transport what a pneumatic tube does within the walls of the hospital, giving every healthcare facility in a metropolitan area an easy and fast way to deliver to one another. Current and future benefits include faster diagnostics, shipment of time-critical supplies on demand, centralization of inventory for just-in-time replenishment across fragmented points-of-care, and consolidation of distributed facilities (e.g. labs and pharmacies) to lower overhead.
“The Station is critical for unlocking scalable drone delivery at attractive unit economics,” said Andreas Raptopoulos, CEO of Matternet. “Its accessibility and ease-of-use makes Matternet’s drone-as-a-service platform even more valuable to customers in healthcare and beyond, while significantly improving the sustainability of last-mile logistics. It is a critical piece of the puzzle that advances Matternet’s vision for global, city-wide drone delivery networks.”
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