Airbus and International SOS, a provider of medical and security risk services, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly study the viability of using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to deliver medical cargo and supplies.
Under the agreement, Airbus will help define and install reliable aerial deliveries as part of International SOS’ MedSupply services. MedSupply deploys medical supplies, specialist medical care and other equipment to meet the requirements of preventive health programs or to support a medical emergency in urban, unfamiliar or remote locations. The studies will look into both urban-to-rural and ship-to-shore deliveries.
Airbus and International SOS say they will collaborate on “safe, secure and enterprise” drone delivery for hub-to-hub distribution of medical cargo – compliant with local regulatory bodies, as International SOS has global operations in emergency evacuation and medical resupplying.
“We hope to develop a viable business partnership where we can assist International SOS with unmanned medical cargo delivery. This means using our cutting-edge technology to potentially save lives and transform the medical and travel security industry,” says Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space.
Arnaud Vaissié, CEO, chairman and co-founder of International SOS, adds, “Bringing together the Airbus expertise in securing aerial deliveries and our global infrastructure assisting clients worldwide is a clear move towards a greater efficiency. We are always striving to provide our clients with excellent customer service, and this innovative venture will enable us into look into furthering our capabilities and enhancing our service.”
Potential medical cargo delivery pilot cases are being explored in Singapore and Indonesia, and Airbus and International SOS will work with the local civil aviation and maritime authorities in both countries to develop these capabilities. If successful, the initiative could be further extended to International SOS’ global operations.