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Upshore Robotics

The use of autonomous drones for decontamination, wide area temperature monitoring and transportation of critical medical supplies

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Contactless Decontamination with Drones

My Agritech startup is proposing the use of Agricultural drones to help the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control disinfect contaminated areas while eliminating the risk of exposure to the virus. With our Agras drone, which has a payload capacity of 30 liters, a spray width of 8 meters and flight efficiency of 10 hectares an hour, our team can remotely spray contaminated areas such as public parks, markets and bus stations within a very short time.

Wide Area Temperature Monitoring with Thermal Drones and Installable thermal sensors

 Similar to the way we use aerial photosynthetic sensors to detect crop disease using AI-enabled algorithms when carrying out crop inspection in farms, we are proposing the use of aerial thermal sensors which can detect body temperatures 50 meters above the ground using machine learning algorithms. Currently, we are developing a compact, installable body temperature sensor using hardware components that already exist like black light radiation and camera components which users can install in buildings and entrances. Users will be notified of visitors’ temperature via a mobile or desktop application, as body radiations captured by the sensors from arriving visitors are converted into actionable data by AI-enabled algorithms.  This turnkey solution, when launched and implemented at scale will enhance public safety and allow businesses to reopen.

Transportation of Test Samples and Critical Medical Supplies to Hard-to-reach Areas Using Drones

 With the severe disruption of supply chains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nigerian Government is racing to implement its lockdown exit strategies. Its new focus on rehabilitating its fragile healthcare system has created a gap such that medical personnel in rural areas are continually confronted with lack of real-time access to critical medical supplies needed to contain the spread of the virus. Also, rural areas have been cut off from supply lines, making it difficult for patients in hard-to-reach areas to transport their COVID-19 test samples to labs and testing centers in cities. By launching our Unmanned Aerial Logistics service line, which will help convey critical medical supplies and test samples from villages to laboratories and medical centers in cities, public health workers and medical personnel will be able to access critical medical items in real time. Our service would involve setting up pickup and delivery points, adhering to BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) specifications, and flight monitoring with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA.

What is the need are you focusing on?

Upshore Robotics addresses the need for decontamination, wide area temperature monitoring and movement of critical medical supplies. Community-based spreading has made open spaces high-risk areas for contracting the virus. In Nigeria, where 85% of jobs are created by the informal sector, sellers have to trade essential commodities like food in open markets in order to earn daily incomes, thus increasing their risk of exposure. Also, rural areas have been cut off from supply lines, making it difficult for patients in hard-to-reach areas transport their COVID-19 test samples to labs in cities. The government’s new focus on rehabilitating its healthcare system has created a gap where medical personnel in rural areas are continually confronted with lack of real-time access to critical medical supplies and PPE needed to contain the virus. This has created an opportunity for us to close these gaps using our drone-based solution.

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed
  • Sharing a pivot idea your organization is considering or could consider

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

We’ve found a niche in the market to help government disinfect public places, detect body temperatures and transport critical medical supplies to hard-to-reach areas using drones. The disruption of supply lines to rural areas caused by the pandemic has created a logistics gap, making it difficult for patients in hard-to-reach areas transport their COVID-19 test samples to labs in cities. Also, the Nigerian government’s focus on rehabilitating its healthcare system has created a gap where medical personnel in rural areas are continually confronted with lack of real-time access to critical medical supplies needed to contain the virus. Repurposing and adapting our drone solutions to these problems will enable us take advantage of this huge market opportunity.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

Our proposed use of drones for public decontamination, wide area temperature monitoring and transportation of critical medical supplies will help to enhance public safety and protection, allowing businesses and people’s means of livelihood to reopen. The informal sector, which accounts for 85% of jobs in Nigeria, has been severely impacted by the government imposed-lockdowns. To reopen public spaces such as schools, parks, markets, ports and stations, government will need to decontaminate and install disinfection booths, while carrying out wide area temperature surveillance that will be backed by spatial data technology. By offering our drone-based solution in the fight against COVID-19, government will be well positioned to execute their lockdown exit strategies, which will allow commercial and social activities to reopen while ensuring public safety and protection.

What is the name of your business or organization?

Upshore Robotics

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

Upshore Robotics is a drone-based solution that utilizes crop data analytics and mobile payment infrastructure to help African farmers detect and mitigate crop disease while maximizing their crop output using 5 service categories of Crop Inspection, Precision Spraying, Yield Management, Upshore Analytics and AgroPay. https://www.upshorerobotics.com/

What is your profession?

Entrepreneur

Where are you located (country)?

Nigeria

Where are you located (region)?

  • Western Africa

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Agriculture/Farming
  • Technology
  • Agritech

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 0-10

How old is your business/company?

  • 1-2 years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Business

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

Technical Expertise

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

1. Disruption of Supply Chains: The disruption of supply chains caused by the pandemic has made it difficult to access required equipment and tools needed to implement our proposed solution. 2. Lack of access to required funding needed to scale up 3. Lockdown & Movement Restriction: The lockdown and restriction of movement has made it difficult for us to setup pickup and delivery points for our proposed drone-based logistics service line. 4. Difficulty in securing manufacturing capacity

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

So far, we’ve learned that having a network of suppliers, manufacturers and speed-to-market experience can be of great help when pivoting or repurposing a business model.

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

yes

Website URL

https://www.upshorerobotics.com/

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