Wings for Aid’ solution for the troubled last mile wins iF Public Value Award
Award underlines the positive, practical impact of the Humanitarian Relief Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
March 4, 2016
i+solutions is very proud to announce that our consortium Wings for Aid received the iF Public Value Award in the category “Vehicles and Mobility of the Future” in Munich last week.
The iF Public Value Award is created to recognize projects that contribute to finding solutions to pressing social problems of our time. Wings for Aid offers a solution to the “troubled last mile” for reaching people in need: an unique unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can deliver essential health supplies to any location.
Prof. Timo Meynhardt, head of the jury, explained the jury’s decision: “Wings For Aid is an outstanding example of how drones can be used for humanitarian purpose. Real progress in putting humanitarian programs into practice”. The jury awarded the project with the highest score possible.
The Wings for Aid drone is an independently flying aircraft that navigates using GPS coordinators. It can travel up to approximately 200 kilometers and can deliver health supplies up to 100 kilos per flight to all areas in need. The development of the drone and the overall project is a result of close cooperation between three Dutch Universities of Technology (Delft, Eindhoven and Twente), AvioniCS Control Systems, VanBerlo and i+solutions. Experts from the Red Cross, the UN and the Ministry of Defense also share their knowledge in the field of practical application, UAVs and logistics. The first prototypes of the drone will be realized in 2016.
Wings for Aid
Founder of Wings for Aid, Barry Koperberg, is very happy with the award and other support the project gained: “In December the House of Representatives voted for a 1.5 million euro support for Wings For Aid and last week we received an international award for this Dutch initiative. It is all significant support for the Wings for Aid project.”
Universal access to medicines
Wesley Kreft, director business development i+solutions: “We work on world-wide, universal access to medicines. Part of that task is finding innovative solutions for public/private partnerships and advanced logistics. The Wings For Aid aircraft could, in time, well be used beyond it’s initial application in disaster situations. For instance to bridge the troubled ‘last mile’ in medicine distribution in remote areas. We have started investigations with partner organisations to validate that”.