alexa Delivering Medical Products to Quarantined Regions Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
ISSN: 2168-9873

Journal of Applied Mechanical Engineering
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Delivering Medical Products to Quarantined Regions Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Otiede ED1, Odeyemi MM1, Nwaguru I1, Onuoha C2, Awal SI2, Ajibola O2, Adebayo VK3, Itoro E3, Ejejigbe TR3, Ejofodomi OA4* and Ofualagba G1

1Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE)

2Department of Mechanical Engineering, Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE)

3Department of Marine Engineering, Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE)

4RACETT Nigeria Ltd., 32 Agric Road, GRA, Effurun, Nigeria

*Corresponding Author:
Ejofodomi OA
RACETT Nigeria Ltd., 32 Agric Road
GRA, Effurun, Nigeria
Tel: +234 808 730 9304
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: November 29, 2016; Accepted Date: December 27, 2016; Published Date: December 31, 2016

Citation: Otiede ED, Odeyemi MM, Nwaguru I, Onuoha C, Awal SI, et al. (2016) Delivering Medical Products to Quarantined Regions Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. J Appl Mech Eng 6:244. doi: 10.4172/2168-9873.1000244

Copyright: © 2016 Otiede ED, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

 

Abstract

Unmanned aerial Vehicles (UAVs) possess the capacity to transport goods quickly, safely, and inexpensively across both accessible and inaccessible terrains such as to stranded mountain climbers or boats adrift. Medical supplies are typically delivered by ground transport as well as aircraft, both fixed and rotor wing. During emergencies, the availability of blood products and pharmaceuticals is often limited at critical access hospitals, and conventional channels of supply may become disrupted. This article aims to demonstrate the feasibility of using small UAVs to transport pharmaceutical products to epidemic-stricken regions.

A Syma X5-c quadcopter was loaded with a sample drug. Using its accompanying transmitter, the drone was flown from a base location to a pre-determined delivery location. Upon successful delivery of the drug, the drone was navigated back to base by the operator. Future improvements to the drone model include facial identification system to verify recipients before delivery, auto-pilot control of drone with the aid of an on-board computer program and a GPS unit, real-time picture, and video relay/transmission back to control station, and autonomous delivery of drug without requiring physical contact from the recipient.

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