11/6/2017 0 Comments
Jean Claude Bastos de Morais’ brainchild, Fábrica de Sabão, is right now focused on generating clean and renewable energy for Angola and the rest of Africa. However, they also need to work on a better transport system, especially when it comes to emergency channels. Angola’s health statistics aren’t doing too well. Malaria cases require urgent blood supplies that can take a lot of time to reach via road. If it’s delivered through commercial drones instead, they’ll be able to save a lot of time and avoid a casualty.
Surprisingly, the first commercial drone service was started in Rwanda by a San Francisco-based robotics company to deliver blood to hospitals and transfusion centers. The orders are made through phone and the Internet. Their drones are capable of delivering blood packages in an average of 20 minutes. Drones carry blood bags in a biodegradable paper box and follow a fixed route from the headquarters to the hospital and back.
While many foreign companies are using Africa as a launch pad for their drone services, they lack the infrastructure and support to keep the services running. Jean Claude Bastos de Morais is planning to open a Fábrica de Sabão in every African country. These co-working spaces are rife with innovative people who can further evolve the drone services and build a proper infrastructure for drones.
Africa is proving to be a continental test lab for foreign countries because it doesn’t restrict the use of drones. The US forbids people from operating drones if it leaves their line of sight. On the other hand, African countries like Angola, Kenya, and Rwanda are welcoming and investing happily on commercial drones. They are being used in tourism, e-commerce, and health services. But most importantly, since a huge section of Africa is dependent on agriculture, commercial drones are helping with agriculture.
Precision agriculture is the highlight of drone-aided cultivation. Drones are able to map the terrain and variability in the crops. They can also help African farmers plan out their farms by giving them a full view of the land, so that a blueprint can be created. Japan has been using this technology for years to grow rice.
Jean Claude Bastos de Morais might find commercial drones as a perfect investment opportunity for the Quantum Global Group. The statistics aggregated for all the African countries in the Africa Investment Index can swell if drone services are used properly.