Innovation Spotlight: When roads are no option

This blog, featuring insights from founder and CEO Helena Samsioe, explores how GLOBHE is a getting medical supplies to last mile areas that are hard to reach with traditional methods. GLOBHE is a global drone service company pioneering drone delivery.



When roads are no option

By Helena Samsioe, Founder and CEO of GLOBHE

Growing up I followed my parents all over the world in their international careers as medical doctors. I saw places filled of challenges, I saw places filled of opportunities. Often these places were far apart and not connected. Today I am the Founder and CEO of GLOBHE, a global drone service company offering drone delivery to last mile areas to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges, while improving our clients’ operations at the same time.

Our clients range from the United Nations to some of the most notable corporations in the world. We have built a global partner network working with drone pilots all over the world (3000+ drone pilots in 48 countries) to utilize the fact that thousands of drones are flying around in our skies every day. Never before have we had access to so much data. Never before have we had access to feasible sky delivery when roads are no option. At GLOBHE we are constantly innovating on the huge potentials of this momentum to create solutions for people and the planet, when and where they really matter. We transport medical cargo to hard to reach places in minutes instead of hours and connect drones to AI to faster analyze drone photos from natural disasters to better respond to a current crisis and to prevent one tomorrow.

Every year 218 million people are affected by natural disasters. Every year natural disasters cost over $ 170 billion. Fast and accurate information is needed to save lives and minimize damages. And every year 11 million children die, mainly from preventable causes. Failure to reach patients in time with medical supplies such as vaccines, antibiotics and micronutrient supplementation result in millions preventable deaths each year. Preventable deaths cause $6 trillion in lost economic welfare in low- and middle-income countries every year.
Existing solutions are many times too slow and too costly. Medical supplies many times take too long to transport via roads and end up being costly. When natural disasters strike emergency teams on the ground struggle to get an overview of the situation with satellite images lagging in time and helicopters or airplanes being too expensive to bring in. Drones have the potential to solve a much needed gap since they can reduce transportation times from hours to minutes, reach places otherwise impossible to get to and quickly gather large amount of image based data. This means drones can save lives, time and money.
At GLOBHE we offer companies and organisations the possibility of purchasing our drone services on demand. Our drone delivery package entails everything a company/organisation needs to get started with crucial drone deliveries to last mile areas with price range starting from USD 20 000. We’ve partnered with world leading drone manufacturers to be able to match our clients’ needs to the most suitable drone technology and have added crucial components such as customized roll out plans, cargo boxes with temperature monitoring and training to be able to offer our clients an all-inclusive service. We primarily transport small, light and valuable items that need to get to last mile areas faster, such as pharmaceuticals, vaccines, lab samples and point of care testing devices. GLOBHE works globally, with a particular focus on southern and eastern Africa, and our partners include the United Nations, Google and world leading diagnostic companies.

At GLOBHE we don’t make drones, we make drones work, when and where they are really needed. GLOBHE is on a mission to improve 218 million lives every year by bringing the world feasible drone services that make a difference. We have merged already existing technology, applied it in a new way, and made developments were needed. Technology in itself is never good nor bad, it’s what you do with it that makes the difference. And we are just at the beginning of what’s possible!

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