Beehive Drones Test Flight Drone Medical Logistics Remote Island in Sumenep

Beehive Drones conducted operational trials of inter-island drones and remote areas for last-mile delivery in Sumenep, Madura, East Java, at the end of October 2021. This trial is part of Beehive Drones’ plan to provide medicine logistics systems for the community on 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.

“This trial is an important moment for the company, as well as for the landscape of drone flight system service providers in Indonesia,” said CEO of Beehive Drones, Albertus Gian Dessayes, in a written statement, Sunday, October 31, 2021.

Sumenep Regency has several small island clusters that require 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 every time they are 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. This trial is the first drone activity to deliver medical supplies between hard-to-reach islands and regions.

“The target is that the drone for medical logistics needs can be operated in the first half of 2022,” said Gian.

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. As for Indonesia’s logistics system, drones are a practical answer to the problem of last-mile delivery.

Telkomsel’s Vice President of Business Development, Jockie Heruseon, said this initiative was an example of Tinc’s commitment to collaborate with local startups. “Especially in presenting innovative digital solutions that can solve problems in society,” he said.

The use of drone technology for logistics needs, Jockie continued, is a solution to help people in hard-to-reach areas. This, he said, is in line with Telkomsel’s commitment to encouraging the use of digital technology. Evenly to meet the various needs of the Indonesian people to the frontier, remote and disadvantaged (3T) areas. Beehive Drones is a startup that is part of Tinc, Telkomsel’s corporate accelerator program. Currently, Beehive Drones are in the final stages of commercial release. “Hopefully, this medical drone ecosystem will help the health industry at home and abroad,” said Jackie.


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