Matternet has unveiled the new Matternet Station.
It has been designed to support the company’s vision of distributed, peer-to-peer drone logistics networks for urban environments.
It is integrated with Matternet’s autonomous M2 Drone and Cloud Platform, providing an intuitive user interface for sending and receiving medical payloads, and a safe and secure drone portal for hospital campuses.
Stations will initially service healthcare systems in Switzerland and the US.
Commenting, Andreas Raptopoulos, CEO of Matternet, said: “Our vision is to connect every healthcare facility in every metropolitan area with the fastest transportation method available today.”
Adding: “We are building the technology platform for extremely fast, point-to-point, urban medical delivery, enabling hospital systems to shrink patient waiting times and save millions of dollars per year through the centralization of laboratories and medical inventory. The Matternet Station is a very important part of the ecosystem for making this vision a reality.”
The Matternet Station occupies a small footprint and can be installed at ground or rooftop locations.
At around 10ft tall, it keeps the vehicles high enough off the ground to not compromise safety if installed in a public area.
The Station is equipped with technology that guides the Matternet M2 Drone to precision landing on the Station’s platform.
After landing, the Station locks the drone in place and automatically swaps its battery and payload.
When the drone is not in use, it’s parked in a hangar on top of the Station.
The Station uses an integrated authentication system to allow only authorized personnel to deposit or retrieve a payload by scanning their hospital ID badge.
Payloads are tracked at every touchpoint to maintain a strong chain of custody. In its standard configuration, the Station holds four payload boxes, which are kept at a controlled temperature to ensure specimen integrity.
Matternet’s system is made available to hospital systems on an annual subscription model, enabling hospitals to fulfill on-demand and routine delivery requests at a fraction of the time of road courier and with much higher predictability.