Rwanda Calls on Drones to Make Emergency Deliveries

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Rwanda is calling on the help of drones to make emergency deliveries to remote parts of the country.

The project is slated to start as early as next year with Foster + Partners contracted to build three “Droneports” by 2020. The British firm believes the drone network will cover up 44 percent of the nation, where paved roads and hilly terrain make transport difficult.

Emergency and commercial routes

The project will see two delivery network lines constructed: The Red Line for delivering medical and emergency supplies, while The Blue Line will fly larger-capacity drones for electronic and e-commerce deliveries.

The hope is that commercial deliveries on The Blue Line will subsidise the cost of both networks, as the likes of Amazon, Google and other retail giants invest further into drone deliveries.

Fosters + Partners have unveiled early designs for the project, which could expand across Africa and into other parts of the world, if it proves a success.

Rwanda the testing ground

Rwanda makes an ideal testing ground for the delivery network too. Transport infrastructure and tricky terrain make delivery by road a serious challenge, putting people’s lives at risk.

Rwanda’s central location within Africa will also make its network easily expandable into surrounding nations and make “an immediate life-saving impact in Africa,” according to Lord Foster, Chairman and Founder of Foster + Partners.

“Rwanda’s challenging geographical and social landscape make it the ideal test-bed for the Droneport project,” he says in a press release. ” This project can have massive impact through the century and save lives immediately.”

If the project proves to be a success in its early stages, Rwanda could see over 40 Droneports across the country, while Congo has been mentioned as a potential first candidate to see the project expand into its borders.

 

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.