Californian city partners for drone delivery testing

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The City of Ontario, California, has partnered with Airspace Link to enable testing for the safe integration of drones into its airspace.

Airspace management solutions Airspace Link will team up with drone delivery services provider DroneUp and the City to showcase the digital infrastructure between the New Haven neighbourhood, located within the Ontario Ranch development, and its nearby New Haven Marketplace.

Connected community

The new-construction, and resort-style, residential development from Brookfield Residential is designed to be a connected community that will benefit from smart innovations, including drone delivery of food and beverages, packaged goods and other commercial services focused on forward-looking technology.

Airspace Link said it will work in collaboration with DroneUp to enable drone delivery missions for the technology showcase, Drones will be used to deliver ribbon cutting scissors and microbrew beverages to commemorate the ceremonial grand opening of the New Haven Marketplace, and various community resources and the Brew Haven brewery.

“Ontario is forward-thinking. We are pleased to support [its] testing initiative to streamline city operations so that city planners can improve their understanding of how communities work together using technology.”

The drone packages will be delivered to the Ontario mayor after a keynote address to kick off the two-hour public event, featuring microbrews, food vendors and other technology demonstrations.

The expectation is that Ontario will serve as a test bed for future connected communities – those which will receive other drone delivery services including water meter readings, safety reports and on-demand pharmaceutical deliveries.

“We are pleased to see the leadership in Ontario ensure their community has the right safety procedures in place and is ready to support advanced commercial drone operations,” said Michael Healander, CEO of Airspace Link.

“Brookfield Properties recognises a need for greater connectivity and convenience with residential homes and populations migrating out of downtown urban environments and into more rural and suburban environments.”

Following Ontario’s inaugural opening, Airspace Link aims to implement a full operational strategy for routine deliveries with various drone companies; providing an alternative option to traditional ground transportation.

“Drones are the future of developing smart cities. This is particularly true for residential developments seeking to create an ecosystem where engaging drones can advance connecting people to services with speed and convenience, eliminating traffic while also offering sustainable and greener options for receiving goods and services,” added Tripp Shannon, CRO of DroneUp.


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