• Beehive Drones is a startup that is part of Tinc, a Telkomsel corporate accelerator program.
• Tinc supports Beehive Drones to develop medical delivery drone solutions, supported by Telkomsel’s broadband infrastructure network, which is present in remote areas.
• Collaboration with Beehive Drones is a form of Telkomsel’s commitment to presenting innovative digital solutions that can solve problems in the community
Beehive Drones conducted operational trials of unmanned aircraft between islands and remote areas for last-mile delivery in Sumenep, Madura, East Java, at the end of October 2021.
This pilot activity is part of a series of plans by Beehive Drones as a provider of drug logistics systems for communities in islands and remote areas. This pilot activity was carried out in collaboration with Beehive Drones with Tinc (Telkomsel Innovation Center), the ITS Marine Transportation Engineering Department, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology, and Sumenep Regency Government.
Sumenep Regency has several small island clusters that desperately need an integrated logistics system. So far, the logistics needs of the islands have been served by ships. However, ships are not always ready to supply logistical needs whenever needed.
Beehive Drones strives to provide drones that deliver medical supplies as an effective and efficient solution for the needs of areas that are difficult to reach by conventional distribution modes.
The Beehive Drones trial is the first activity of an unmanned aircraft that sends medical supplies between islands and hard-to-reach areas. The target is that the drone for medical logistics needs can be operated in the first half of 2022.
Logistics and Medical Needs: A Projection
The discourse of drones as a logistics system solution has been discussed in recent years. However, the issue of regulation and readiness related to Indonesian airspace is still an obstacle.
CEO of Beehive Drones, Albertus Gian Dessayes, stated that the trial in Sumenep was a crucial moment for the company and the landscape of drone flight system service providers in Indonesia.
As for Indonesia’s logistics system, drones are a practical answer to the problem of last-mile delivery. Conventional distribution can be more helpful because drones provide delivery time and the practicality of distribution systems.
Sumenep Regency, which consists of several small islands, relies on sea transportation for various mobility activities. Beehive Drones will also depend on ships for last-mile delivery logistics.
Ships will be handy as a mode of transportation between significant islands in the Sumenep area. This action is also a statement that drone technology innovation does not mean turning off other logistics modes. In fact, drone technology innovation still requires collaboration with conventional methods of transportation.
For this reason, Beehive Drones also collaborates with the Department of Marine Transportation Engineering ITS (Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology), which has a good understanding of sea transportation modes.
From Competition to Community Society
Beehive Drones was founded by three people in England when the founders were pursuing master’s degrees. There are Albertus Gian Dessayes, Anindita Pradana Suteja, and Ishak Hilton Pujantoro Tnunay.
In its first initiative, agriculture and forestry were the focus of Beehive Drones. The manoeuvre received rave reviews in a technology innovation competition in 2018. From this competition, Beehive Drones expanded its wings further. Beehive Drones currently provides a drone service system to help some conventional industries in Indonesia. Until then, Beehive Drones and Tinc were increasingly motivated to provide significant efforts in hard-to-reach areas in Indonesia.
Tinc supports Beehive Drones to develop a medical delivery drone solution. The hope is that this medical drone ecosystem will help the health industry in the country and abroad.
Beehive Drones is a startup that is part of Tinc, a Telkomsel corporate accelerator program. Currently, Beehive Drones are in the final stages of commercial release.
As a Telkomsel corporate accelerator program, Tinc acts as a forum for local startups in the pre-seed and seed stages to accelerate and collaborate with Telkomsel to build commercial solutions. Tinc fostered startups have the opportunity to synergize their business with Telkomsel’s digital ecosystem.
Telkomsel’s Vice President of Business Development, Jockie Heruseon, said, “This initiative carried out with Beehive Drones is an example of the realization of Tinc’s commitment. The essential commitment is to collaborate with Indonesian startups in presenting innovative digital solutions that can solve problems in the community. The use of unmanned aircraft technology carried out with Beehive Drones for logistics needs to provide solutions to help people in hard-to-reach areas. This initiative is also in line with Telkomsel’s commitment to encouraging the use of digital technology evenly to meet the various needs of the Indonesian people up to the 3T region (Front, Remote, and Left behind).”
“We are proud to collaborate on this innovative project through our leading infrastructure network. In the future, Telkomsel through Tinc will continue to open all opportunities to collaborate with Indonesian startups. The main purpose is to be able to present solutions for all levels of Indonesian society,” said Jockie.
As the leading digital telecommunication company in Indonesia, Telkomsel consistently delivers the leading technology broadband network with the broadest coverage and equitable quality by constructing the latest Base Transceiver Station (BTS) that fully uses the leading 4G LTE technology. To date, Telkomsel has built more than 237,000 BTS, most of which are connected to 3G/4G broadband technology throughout the country, and serve 169 million subscribers in 95% of the population. In addition, Telkomsel has presented approximately 25,000 3G/4G broadband BTS units for the East Java region itself and around 600 broadband BTS in the Sumenep area.
The problem that Beehive Drones and Tinc see together is that several regions in Indonesia are underdeveloped, challenging to reach, and remote areas. Lack of infrastructure and uneven regional development are also additional problems.
In line with Jockie’s statement, Gian also stated that the Beehive Drone initiative dealt with major medical logistics problems in remote areas.
“We held FGDs with doctors in Indonesia. At that time, there were 20 regencies present. They stated that there must be areas that are difficult to reach, and there are people. Therefore, we are trying to solve this problem with drones,” said Gian.
“Telkomsel and Tinc are more than just places for us to incubate. Telkomsel and Tinc are our strategic partners. In addition, Telkomsel has a communication infrastructure network that we rely heavily on for drone operations in remote areas,” explained Gian explaining the vitality of the Telkomsel network.
“With Tinc, Beehive Drones has also succeeded in combining its technology with Telkomsel’s technology. This results in an increase in technology that can be used as a solution in remote areas. Just like what will be done in Sumenep, Madura,” continued Gian regarding the collaboration of Beehive Drones with Telkomsel.
So, the combination of Beehive Drones and Tinc innovations is projected to be a beneficial combination for the people of Indonesia, especially those in remote areas.
The country’s medical industry can take advantage of the medical drone ecosystem. This ecosystem was developed to solve several medical logistics needs, last-mile delivery, and many other problems.
The target for developing medical drones is not only for Indonesia’s needs. Many other countries are also experiencing the same medical, logistical problems as Indonesia. So, this medical drone can also be used for foreign needs.
The collaboration received a warm welcome from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of Indonesia because it is in line with the Merdeka Belajar Kampus Merdeka (MBKM) program.