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Zipline Drone Delivery: Introducing Zipline’s New and Improved Fast Delivery Drones!

Drones have penetrated industries—including service delivery and health care—allowing their global market value to reach $17 billion by 2024. To date, different companies that provide services using the technological prowess of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are beginning to create a bold impact as well—including the existence of Zipline drone delivery.

Focusing on the delivery service industry, Zipline is a drone delivery startup located in Silicon Valley—which is a global center for high technology, social media, innovation, and venture capital. Known for its initial blood and drug delivery projects in Rwanda and Tanzania last year, Zipline plans to do even more after it launched a new breed of delivery drones.

Reports suggested that the new commercial delivery drones are a step up to their predecessors as the UAVs have the ability to deliver faster and farther, all the while carrying more items. The latest drones can also withstand circumstances, such as rain, high altitude and strong winds.

When Zipline started its drone delivery ventures, the Silicon Valley-based company only had one thing in mind: to provide medical assistance to locations that are difficult to reach.

According to  Zipline CEO Keller Rinaudo, “Billions of people on earth lack access to critical medicine. In East Africa, Zipline’s drones bring people the medicine they need, when they need it in a way that reduces waste, cost, and inventory while increasing access and saving lives. We’ve been hard at work to improve our technology and are ready to help save lives in America and around the world.”

Zipline Drone Delivery: A New System and New Aircraft

The operations of Zipline drone delivery in Rwanda and Tanzania were successful because the drones were able to deliver 7,000 blood pints and drugs for more than 4,000 flights. The drone delivery startup also covered more than 300,000 square miles. This time around, people expect that Zipline drones will make 500 flights every day. Because of the improvements made on the delivery drones, they could now distribute across a bigger location.

After their blood delivery projects in Rwanda and Tanzania, Zipline has undergone a complete redesign of its logistics system. This process allowed the company to innovate the delivery drones even more. The system change was able to improve the drone’s launch, self-directed flight and landing abilities. The change in the system also allows Zipline to save more lives because of a faster medicine delivery.

The new breed of  Zipline drone delivery UAVs have the following capabilities:

  • Carry 1.75 kilograms
  • Fly at a top speed of 128 kilometers per hour
  • Can do a roundtrip service of 160 kilometers per hour

Rinaudo said, “Our first generation aircraft and logistics system allowed us to create the first and only drone delivery service in the world, which is helping to save lives in Rwanda every day. We have taken everything Zipline has learned making thousands of life-critical deliveries and flying hundreds of thousands of kilometers and redesigned our entire system and operation from top to bottom. The new aircraft and distribution center system we’re unveiling today will help Zipline scale to meet the needs of countries around the world—including the United States.”

Trying Their Luck in The United States

Due to the complicated rules and regulations of commercial drone delivery in the United States, Zipline was unable to introduce their service in its first year. However, because of some slight changes in the laws concerning flying drones, the fixed-wing drones of Zipline might have a chance to cruise the skies of America. Zipline, being the world’s first and only national scale drone delivery system, is currently collaborating with state governments around the USA. They want to present their medical drone delivery as part of the UAS Integration Pilot Program (UASIPP) of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The program will be an arrangement among states and private drone operators that want to examine drone services, like beyond-line-of-sight-operations or the BLOS.

This year, the Silicon Valley-based startup also plans to exhibit its medical product delivery in rural and suburban places in the country.

a chart about the features or specs of Zipline drone delivery UAVs
Zipline drone delivery certainly has competition in this sphere.

Companies Giving Zipline a Run for Its Money

Zipline is not the only company that plans to highlight its Zipline drone delivery service in the United States. The following are some companies who are also using drones to venture into the delivery service industry:

  • Amazon – The Washington-based company is an online retail platform that markets household appliances, electronic products, apparels and even books. Considering that it has a projected revenue of $177.9 billion, Amazon can undeniably be successful in its drone delivery service. Amazon is currently analyzing its Prime Air drone delivery service in the United Kingdom. Jeffrey P. Bezos is the CEO of the said company.
  • Alphabet – Who would have thought that a conglomerate company was going to get its hands on the growing industry of drone delivery? Larry Page, the CEO of Alphabet, is delighted with their new venture. The company’s x lab utilizes its UAVs in order to deliver burritos and pharmaceuticals in a pilot project in Australia.

Many people have now recognized the bold idea of Zipline to become an innovative medium for health care. With its newly developed breed of fixed-wing drones, Zipline could surely create a bold impact in not just one particular location but also around the globe.

Volvo to Share EV Battery Tech Across Truck Brands

Volvo Trucks is the world’s second largest truck manufacturer in terms of volume including subsidiaries. The company has recently launched the GVW Volvo FL Electric, a 16-ton electric vehicle (EV) truck which they will release to the market in 2019.

As part of their thrust, the company has committed to sharing the same battery technology including development and production. This bold move will help lower the company’s EV technology research and development cost, as well as create a streamlined supply chain and production line for the batteries.

The Swedish car and truck manufacturer also includes important brands like UD Trucks of Japan and Mack Trucks of the United States, as well as Renault. Volvo Trucks is not the only manufacturer developing EV technology and batteries for long-distance transports.

Tesla is already accepting pre-orders for its EV truck eponymously named “Semi.” Daimler-Benz released its eActros line of EV trucks to various customers for testing, with series production to start in 2021. Volkswagen Truck & Bus are slated to start production of their EV trucks this year. Volkswagen has a strong presence in trucks and buses and included the Volkswagen, MAN and Scania brands, as well as a strategic relationship with NorthStar.

Volvo Trucks: The New Frontier

The major truck brands treat their EV developments as the next step, with investments aimed at replacing their diesel-powered production vehicles with an all EV lineup. They also acknowledge that the R&D costs are expensive.

In an interview, Reuters quoted Lars Stenqvist, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Volvo Group Trucks Technology: “We’re really striving to reuse a lot when it comes to expensive components, which are expensive when it comes to development and production costs.”

Research and development is an investment, and pays for itself of the life of the product. As an investment, the development cost is spread over the volume of production as part of the cost of the item. With more products manufactured for a particular item or part, the R&D costs are defrayed over a bigger volume, and subsequently less cost per product or part.

New Heavy Duty Quon Truck

Volvo-owned UD Trucks will launch an electric heavy-duty truck under the Quon brand in 2020. Volvo Trucks will also launch medium-duty trucks for city deliveries and trash collection. These EVs will have lithium-ion powered batteries.

The Volvo official added that this is “not only between the truck brands but also the bus brands and construction and construction equipment.”

For Volkswagen, one target market for their EV vehicles is the “last mile transportation services” where parcels are delivered to the end user, especially in urban areas. The company sees that there is going to be a boom in deliveries within cities where EV vehicles with relatively short ranges can be used. EV trucks with ranges up to 200 km would be in a competitive position. Long range trucks require ranges above 500 kph.

Meanwhile, Tesla’s Semi will start delivery in 2019. Walmart and UPS, along with other customers have pre-ordered the Tesla Semi. The Semi boasts an impressive acceleration of 0 to 60 miles per hour in 20 seconds, while carrying up to 80,000 lbs of cargo. The Semi’s 300-mile range is priced at $150,000, while the 500-mile range model has a $200,000 price up.

The entry of blockchain in healthcare disrupts the industry

Cryptocurrency would not be where it is today without the help from one of its major components, blockchain. Its newfound success has opened doors for other industries, such as banking and food safety, to try and integrate cryptocurrency’s secret weapon into their systems.

Once again, one of the most important and influential industry in the world attempts to disrupt the blockchain in healthcare industry positively.

Blockchain in Healthcare Industry: The bold impact of blockchain

IBM, a well-known company that develops and sells computer software and hardware, has conducted a study called Healthcare Rallies for Blockchain. In the report, researchers were able to discover that 16% of medical executives who answered the survey had solid plans to execute a commercial blockchain in healthcare this year.

The innovative ledger technology has already come a long way. Many people once perceived blockchain in healthcare as an overhyped technology, but it is proving skeptics wrong as a new venture.

The following are five usages for blockchain in the healthcare industry, which are expected to create a bold impact on the industry.

  1. Blockchain in healthcare for checking patients records.

The ledger technology can link digital archives; that is why it is going to be successful in assessing a person’s health records. Medical officials could either access the information through readable data or audio recordings.

  1. Blockchain in healthcare for distributing information taken from clinical trials.

When blockchain is used to collect and share data, there is an assurance for the companies that the process will be secured. Not just that, blockchain in healthcare systems will have the ability to help track and manage informed agreement in different protocols, policies, and sites.

  1. Blockchain in healthcare for the supply chain system.

Biopharmaceutical firms are also onboard with incorporating the technology of blockchain into their work system. They utilize it to supervise and track various medical products. The ledger technology could also help biopharmaceutical companies to prohibit substandard and counterfeit products.

  1. Blockchain in healthcare for providing accurate directory.

The directories of general practitioners and hospitals that utilize blockchain technology can control the decentralized agreement of the blockchain.  It will allow healthcare plans and providers to renew their listings faster.

  1. Blockchain in healthcare for checking claims and spot frauds.

With the blockchain-powered system of smart contracts, companies can ensure that all healthcare claims are accurate and that fraudulent claims are spotted.

Despite all the good possibilities, there are still people who see blockchain technology as unimpressive and something that needs a lot more adjustments.

According to Mike Jacobs, a Senior Engineer at Optum, “The technology is still a nascent one. Its capabilities are transitioning from those of a public blockchain from things like bitcoin into enterprise capabilities where we have regulatory, security, privacy, and scalability concerns that are not necessarily addressed by some of the technology stacks today.”

However, not everyone supports the statement made by Jacobs because companies like Medscient has been utilizing ledger technology into their system to create a bold impact in the healthcare industry.

Medscient Changing the Face of Blockchain in Healthcare

The Florida-based startup has been stepping up its game by using the blockchain technology to speed up the process of peer-to-peer communication channels in the healthcare sector.

Medscient has recently developed a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance, which blockchain in healthcare framework only, intended to update or modernize machine or human interface issues for health and life insurers.

Dr. Andrew Dahlke, the Vice President of MSD, said, “This is an inspiring project. The distributed ledger is a transformative technology that offers a definitive solution to the problem of pre-authorization that can benefit all parties – patients, doctors, nurses, hospitals, and insurers.”

Other Companies Proving That Blockchain Is Good for The Healthcare Industry

Patientory – Patientory is a startup company that has been catering to the healthcare sector since 2015. The Georgia-based firm is creating a blockchain-based electronic medical record storage network. Cherissa McFarlane is the Founder and CEO of Patientory. It has estimated total funding of $7.2 million.

Patientory’s healthcare application allows users or patients to make their profile to monitor the history of their health.

Gem – The California-based company has been contributing top of the class services to the healthcare industry since 2013. Gem is an application program interface that incorporates Bitcoin into services and applications for various developers. Micah Winkelspecht is the CEO of the startup company, and it has projected total funding of $10.4 million.

The gem is currently finding ways on how to support patient-centric healthcare and customized medicine.

Medicalchain – Medicalchain is a well-known company that focuses on delivering blockchain electronic health records. Abdullah Albeyatti is the Co-founder and CEO of the company, which has estimated total funding of $24 million.

Medicalchain has telemedicine into its platform, allowing both patients and doctors to communicate with each other through online sessions and share medical data.

These are just some of the firms that have taken the chance to see the technological prowess of blockchain boldly influencing the healthcare industry.

Many consider blockchain as the new kid in town; however, it is proving itself a worthy contender of positively disrupting the field of medicine.

Tech Companies: Bold Ventures into IPO Market

Since 2015, tech IPOs have finally experienced the best quarter this year by proceeds, based on a report by IPO Research Company called Renaissance Capital. The first quarter has been good to the 10 tech companies which contributed to the overall 44 companies that raised $15.6 billion collectively. The total proceeds of 40% were raised by tech companies during the first quarter, which means double than other industries.

Focusing on a subscription business model, five software companies went public last month where investors grabbed the shares and made them soaring on their first day. Among those companies are the two highly priced tech companies that started trading and witnessed their share prices went up 30% to 40% , namely DocuSign (a startup electronic signature service company) and Smartsheet (software company). The list also highlights Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. (builds a human resource system) which soared 39% and nLight Inc. (a laser company) with +7.93% within its first week.

According to reports, investors are interested in cloud software companies due to the fact that they receive more foreseeable revenue generation. In the past weeks, this was a regular theme in the IPO campaigns among these tech companies. DocuSign declared that it has more than 370,000 clients in total, and it sees the e-signature business as not yet heavily infiltrated.

In fiscal 2018, its revenue increased 36% to $518 million. Ceridian stated that it has over 3,009 clients with more than 2.5 million active users utilizing its Dayforce system. In 2017, its revenue grew 6.5% to $750.7 million, and witnessed 35.8% increase in cloud software solutions.

The tech IPOs market had also finally tasted one of its sought-after tech companies when Dropbox went public last March 2018. Investors had been hoping for this to happen and after the cloud-storage company sold its 36 million shares at $21 each, they grew 36% on their first day.

Another company that is being closely monitored by the tech IPOs market is Spotify, a music-streaming company. Spotify Technology SA opened last month and started trading at $165.90. Since then, it has fallen by about $6, but surprisingly, despite the unorthodox execution of direct listing, Spotify’s value has fared.

It’s a well-known fact that IPO market opens and closes quickly, and cloud software companies look like they are going to be a well-sought target within the year if other companies with a higher potential of growth and subscription renewal settle to take the leap. Nowadays, investors are ready to welcoming mature, small companies in markets with great revenue growth and minimal losses, without considering the name value.

Usually, tech IPOs are like the backbone of many venture companies because they are highly predictable. The purchase cycles are quite extensive, the path to revenues is a bit obvious, and the business model depends more on execution than the impulses of consumers. Though the present situation of the market appears well, and companies that have incubated for too long are now prepared to go, it’s important to note that the IPO wave that we have been expecting is not yet here. 2018 may be finally the year that the past 3 years didn’t happen to be, but it could also fail. It’s just good to know that the horizon looks clear for now.