Drones, those aerial vehicles that require no human pilots, originally used for military purposes, have gone from being popular for taking aerial images to now delivering life saving medical supplies. Today, it is finding application in different parts of Africa especially in rural areas where it’s tough to move around. Although a good number of African nations are wary of drones usually citing security threats, there’s increasing evidence that where they are welcome, they can be an important tool to leapfrog several challenges. This is probably why organizations like UNICEF are supporting and funding drone startups. While drones can be used in several sectors, we take a look at the different sectors in Africa where it is being used.
In what is now one of Africa’s most famous drone story, Zipline is a drone startup using the devices to deliver blood and vaccines mostly in East Africa. Given that internet connectivity in rural areas can be a headache, medical personnel can send a text to order blood in Rwanda. The unique thing about using drones is it takes just 30 minutes while alternatives like road will take several hours. While Zipline first launched the program in Rwanda, Click here to read entire article
Source:: Tech Cabal