Tanzania to deploy world's biggest drone network
Tanzania is launching the world’s largest drone delivery service to provide emergency on-demand access to critical and life-saving medicines. Beginning in Q1/2018, the Tanzanian government will begin using drones to make up to 2,000 life-saving deliveries per day to over one thousand health facilities, serving ten million people across the country.
The drones and delivery service are built and operated by Zipline, a California-based automated logistics company. In October 2016, Zipline and Rwanda launched the world’s first national drone delivery service to make on-demand emergency blood deliveries to transfusion clinics. Since then, Zipline has flown more than 100,000 km in Rwanda, delivering 2,600 units of blood over 1,400 flights. (ah)