Humanitarian aid organisation UNICEF has issued a tender surrounding an upcoming UAV-based delivery project.
UNICEF has published, on behalf of the Ministry of Health of Vanuatu, an invitation to tender for the use of UAVs as a mode of transportation to deliver vaccines from main health facilities to dispensaries, aid post, and mobile vaccination teams.
It also includes maintaining the cargo temperature between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius to ensure the cold chain is not interrupted and the vaccines are delivered in optimal condition.
This operational service opportunity is the second stage to the vaccine challenge that was launched in June 2017.
The aim is to assess the feasibility of RPAS cargo delivery in the Pacific.
A representative for UNICEF said: “If your system and service proves to be efficient and cost-effective, you will have the opportunity to compete for a longer-term engagement with the Government of Vanuatu to provide RPAS delivery services.
“UNICEF’s need for RPAS cargo delivery extends beyond the Pacific region. Through participation in this opportunity, you will be connected to UNICEF experts exploring the use of RPAS and connected to other companies active in this space. Data generated from your service will inform UNICEF’s global strategy and the Pacific region’s approach to using RPAS in cargo delivery.”
The tender closing date is 30 June 2018, and all submissions must be made electronically.