RigiTech Onboards Medical Drone Service to Enhance Healthcare Access in The Netherlands

February 14, 2024

Lausanne, Switzerland. February 14, 2024RigiTech, the pioneering Swiss drone delivery company, proudly announces the addition of Medical Drone Service as a new operator using the advanced Eiger drone model to bolster healthcare services. Medical Drone Service, a collaborative endeavour between ANWB Medical Air Assistance and PostNL Health, in partnership with leading healthcare institutions including Erasmus MC, Isala, Sanquin, Certe, Resultlab, Amsterdam UMC, St. Antonius, Accureon, and UMCG, is dedicated to exploring the integration of drones in healthcare delivery. With a shared vision of ensuring healthcare accessibility throughout the Netherlands, Medical Drone Service aims to expedite medical assistance and strengthen interconnectivity among healthcare facilities. This initiative encompasses swift transportation of crucial medical supplies such as blood, medication, and diagnostic samples via drones, enabling rapid and efficient delivery to patients.

Courtesy of Medical Drone Service

The introduction of the Eiger drone, distinguished by its yellow wings reminiscent of trauma helicopters, marks an expansion of the Medical Drone Services fleet, which now comprises three drones. This strategic enhancement comes in response to the growing demand for medical drone services, requiring the establishment of new operational routes beyond the initial Meppel-Zwolle corridor. RigiTech has provided comprehensive training to the personnel of Medical Drone Service, equipping them with the expertise to effectively utilise the Eiger platform and navigate both hardware and software intricacies. Additionally, the manufacturer’s training program empowers operators with valuable insights into scaling medical drone operations, ensuring seamless integration into existing healthcare infrastructure.

Courtesy of Medical Drone Service

The RigiTech Eiger boasts a payload capacity of 3 kilograms within a specially designed medical bag compartment, capable of accommodating up to 180 blood tubes, a minimum of 3 blood bags, or various medication types. With a flight range of approximately 100 kilometres, the Eiger delivers unparalleled speed and efficiency in medical supply transportation. Notably, the inclusion of an onboard parachute system expands Medical Drone Service operational capabilities, facilitating flight over densely populated areas and supporting the initiative’s expansion efforts.

In the forthcoming months, Medical Drone Service will conduct testing procedures and inaugurate its maiden route, paving the way for operational deployment. This milestone represents a significant stride towards advancing healthcare accessibility and responsiveness, underscoring the transformative potential of drone technology in the medical domain.


About RigiTech
RigiTech is a Swiss manufacturer of drone logistics solutions founded in 2018 that focuses on creating fully-integrated drone delivery systems. Its drones are designed with a network-first mentality, the key to scaling drone delivery into a sustainable business model. The centralised RigiCloud software infrastructure ensures reliable, compliant communications, flight tracking and fleet maintenance management. RigiTech’s drone systems have been approved for and flown BVLOS operations on 5 continents, delivering essential goods in their home base in Switzerland, across Europe, Asia, Oceania, North and South America, with a focus on healthcare, offshore and postal markets.

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