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Solution for drone delivery's 'last inch' problem?

The patented Smart Drone Delivery Mailbox by Valqari uses two-way communication technology to give drone providers a landing area.

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Valqari's Smart Drone Delivery Mailbox, which has patents around the world
Valqari's Smart Drone Delivery Mailbox, which has patents around the world

Chicago-based start-up, Valqari, has announced the Smart Drone Delivery Mailbox.

 

The “universal drone receptacle” for package delivery and pick-up is intended to tackle the “last inch” logistic problems associated with drone delivery

 

Safe landing area

 

According to Valqari, the mailbox features “agnostic capabilities” to ensure seamless integration and communication with any drone manufacturer during a fully-automated delivery process.

 

Valqari’s innovation claims to give drone delivery providers a safe landing area by using two-way communication technology to eliminate risks related with total automated drone delivery.

 

It is a concept the start-up claims gives the ability to revolutionise drone deliveries for industries including pharmaceuticals, meal delivery and grocery services, governments and residential e-commerce.

 

“We knew the biggest hurdle facing drone delivery was that there was no standardised, safe and secure landing area. This gave us a clear vision from the start that our mission would be to provide the missing piece to the last stage drone delivery process,” said Ryan Walsh, CEO and co-founder Valqari.

“We knew the biggest hurdle facing drone delivery was that there was no standardised, safe and secure landing area"

“In 2013, we saw that no one else had developed this technology, which is why it was critical for us to put a stake in the ground by immediately applying for utility patents to make us the only smart mailbox option for commercial and residential use.”

 

To date, Valqari claims it is the only drone delivery solution to be issued utility patents in 13 countries and territories including: the US, UK, Germany, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Australia, South Africa, and several other countries in the European Union.

 

This blocks competitors from entering the smart drone delivery mailbox market in these regions.

 

It will provide Valqari’s prospective partners a complete end-to-end delivery solution and offer future users reduced shipping costs, increased market penetration, reduced liabilities and a secure chain of custody.

 

The solution is the result of four years of development by Walsh and fellow Valqari co-founder Alexander Falesch.

 

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