e-Novia and Spedali Civili of Brescia together for the European Space Agency: the contactless delivery service CO.DE-19 kicks off

e-Novia and Spedali Civili of Brescia together for the European Space Agency: the contactless delivery service CO.DE-19 kicks off

e-Novia and Spedali Civili of Brescia together for the European Space Agency: the contactless delivery service CO.DE-19 kicks off

e-Novia and Spedali Civili of Brescia together for the European Space Agency: the contactless delivery service CO.DE-19 kicks off

e-Novia and Spedali Civili of Brescia together for the European Space Agency: the contactless delivery service CO.DE-19 kicks off

CO.DE-19 is the name of the project promoted and commissioned by the European Space Agency, which sees the collaboration between e-Novia and Spedali Civili of Brescia. The goal: to provide a concrete response, through the use of technologically advanced solutions, to an ever-increasing demand for safety in hospitals. All this, by promoting social distancing and minimizing contacts among operators in the various areas of the health facility.

 

The e-Novia proposal, winner of the tender issued by the Agency, includes an autonomous contactless delivery system: a ground drone built with the contribution of YAPE, capable of making contactless last mile deliveries.

 

To validate the service, in recent weeks e-Novia is testing the solution on the hospital campus of the Spedali Civili of Brescia, an extended area that includes both indoor and outdoor environments.

 

Two are the main routes identified so far for the drone:

 

  • From the internal pharmacy to the analysis laboratories, for the delivery of laboratory materials and other sensitive goods.

 

  • From the internal pharmacy to the entrances of the different pavilions, for the delivery of medicines.

 

 

The vehicle is equipped with two self-balancing wheels that guarantee high levels of agility in different contexts. It has an Artificial Intelligence system that allows interaction with elements of the surrounding environment (such as intelligent elevators). The drone elaborates a detailed map of the spaces in which it operates, to plan the most efficient route to reach its destination. It is also able to circumvent obstacles along its path thanks to a three-dimensional vision system, consisting of a laser scanner capable of identifying obstacles up to a distance of one hundred and fifty meters, six video cameras with a cone of vision equal to one hundred and twenty degrees and eight proximity sensors. Finally, the drone is equipped with a robotic arm, which guarantees an entirely no-contact delivery service, from the loading phase to the receipt of the medical material.

 

To maintain contact with the control room, the ground drone relies on the satellite positioning system for open spaces (GNSS) provided by the European Space Agency.

 

The delivery made by the drone complies with the strict safety standards required in hospitals: the recipient of the shipment is in fact the only person authorized to unlock the vehicle and to activate the robotic arm in order to release the package.

 

Today, the logistics industry is facing unprecedented challenges compared to the traditional operating model. New needs emerge: on the one hand, the need for multimodal and hybrid delivery models and, on the other hand, new requirements for delivery vehicles, which must guarantee not only high levels of safety (through, for example, contactless delivery), but also of privacy and protection of personal data. In this scenario, the solution deployed by e-Novia at the Spedali Civili of Brescia is able to satisfy the most complex requirements, helping to define new standards for last mile deliveries.