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Transport of Blood Samples with Drones

The aim of the pilot project is to test the benefits of using a drone, including time savings, reduced emissions, and less traffic on the roads.

Bærum municipality carried out scheduled drone flights and transport of blood samples in the period of September/October 2022. The pilot project is carried out in collaboration with Nordic Unmanned, Bærum Kommune, Bærum Hospital, and Sunnaas Hospital.

Quick and safe delivery of blood samples

The cargo boxes in which the blood samples are transported can lift 10 kg. They are equipped with sensors that measure pressure, temperature, movement, and G-force. Two sets of samples are taken, one of which is transported by drone and the other by car. This is how you will determine whether the blood samples’ quality and validity are affected by drone transport.

The pilot project with drone deliveries is part of a larger drone initiative in Bærum municipality. In parallel with the scheduled flights, a more extensive survey is carried out among the municipality’s service locations to find areas of use for drones in the municipality that can improve or make the municipality’s services more efficient, reduce dangerous work, simplify work tasks, provide better data and documentation, etc.

“It takes one hour to drive from Sunnaas to Blakstad by car, outside rush hour. Flying a drone over the fjord, only takes 17 minutes. project aims to examine the benefits of using a drone for cargo delivery, such as saving time, cutting emissions, and reducing traffic on our roads. In addition to these benefits, blood samples will be analysed much faster than before

Ingeborg Briseid Kraft, Project Manager in Bærum Municipality