Mwanza-Juma, June 2019 Competitions

Mwanza Region Supply Chain Improvement Potential

Mwanza Region is located in the extreme northern quarter of mainland Tanzania, bordering Lake Victoria, and is comprised of more than 86 inhabited islands in Lake Victoria. The population of Mwanza is 2,7 million, which is second only to the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, and has one of the highest rural population densities in the world. 

Mwanza Region has 286 health facilities (242 dispensaries, 31 health centers, and 13 hospitals). All public sector facilities receive supplies from the Medical Stores Department, located in Mwanza city. Bugando Medical Centre, also located in Mwanza city, is a referral, consultant and university teaching hospital for the Lake and Western zones and serves a catchment population of over 14 million people. Laboratory samples (including viral load samples and dried blood spots) that are collected by health facilities must be sent and tested at Bugando Medical Centre. The vision is to connect the facilities in Mwanza City with the hard-to-reach facilities in the region using drone cargo transports and droneport infrastructure. 

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Competitions

The LVC competitions are designed to showcase and test business models, processes and mature e-VTOL UAV technologies that have high potential of near-term adoption for routine use in the Lake Victoria Region. Three different use cases will be tested between Juma Island and a temporary droneport in Mwanza City: Emergency Delivery, Sample Pick-Ups and Find and Assess. 

Juma Kisiwani dispensary on Juma island is one of Mwanza’s many poorly connected health facilities. Located only 20 km to the west of Mwanza city, transport between MSD / Bugando Medical Hospital to Juma Kisiwani dispensary can take up to two days, given ferry schedules and road conditions. Stockouts occur regularly. From March 2017 – February 2018, Juma Kisiwani dispensary experienced 60 stockouts including antibiotics such as erythromycin, analgesics such as aspirin and paracetamol, malaria medicines for simple and severe malaria, and medical supplies such as sutures and bandages. 

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The cargo competitions comprise the delivery and pickup of dummy medical payloads that are relevant to the public health needs of the Lake Victoria region. Competition teams are eligible to participate if they fulfilll a minimum set of requirements. 

 

Common Requirements & Performance Capabilities

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By Flying Competition (2019 Edition)

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@Droneports (2019 Edition)

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The challenge is focused on three use cases:  Sample Collection; Find and Assess; and, Emergency Delivery.

 

sample collection

The aim: Pick up as many 250g modules as possible from Juma Island and return them to Mwanza in a 2-hour window. Several packages may be carried at one time.  The winner has transported most samples within the allotted time slot.

Evaluation Criteria
Flights are disqualified if they fail to meet any of the checklist items:

  • Items were successfully picked-up and delivered at the Mwanza drone port by landing and taking off in a 10x20 meter designated area in both locations;

  • No airspace violations took place;

  • The cargo items were delivered in full integrity;

  • Standard Operating Procedures were followed;

  • The cargo pick-up required minimal intervention at the destination location;

  • High effectiveness and precision of autonomous takeoff and landing

  • UAV took-off and landed in the designated area of 10x20m;

  • Contingency procedures, such as rerouting were successfully implemented;

  • No physical items on the ground outside of the designated landing areas were hit;

  • A C2 telemetry link was maintained at all times.

Scored Elements

  • Total number of 250g packages picked-up and delivered before the end of the 2-hour time period.

  • Ease of use.

 

find and aSSess

The aim: In the shortest amount of time to successfully identify the GPS locations of preplaced markers on Juma Island, while operating out of the Mwanza Droneport. The predetermined survey area comprises three square kilometers. The recommended minimum resolution to successfully complete the task is 20cm. Teams need to take off and return in Mwanza after completion of the survey and for each battery change.

Evaluation Criteria
Flights are disqualified if they fail to meet any of the checklist items:

  • No airspace violations took place;

  • Standard Operating Procedures submitted by the teams ahead of the flights were followed;

  • Takeoff and landing occurred successfully within the designated area of 10x20m;

  • No airspace violations took place;

  • UAV landed in Effectiveness and precision of autonomous take-off and landing (hand launch with automatic takeoff sequence is also considered autonomous take-off);

  • C2 Telemetry link was maintained at all times.

Scored Elements

  • Time taken to identify accurately (within a radius of 10 meters) at least 80% of the marker’s GPS coordinates.

 

emergency delivery

The aim: Deliver a 1540g emergency package from the droneport in Mwanza to Juma Island at a distance of 20 km in the shortest amount of time possible; then come back and safely land at the origin. No battery swap is allowed at the drop-off location.

Evaluation Criteria
Flights are disqualified if they fail to meet any of the checklist items:

  • Items were successfully delivered at the Mwanza drone port by landing and taking off in a 10x20 meter designated area in both locations;

  • UAV took-off within the designated area of 10x20m;

  • No airspace violations took place;

  • The cargo item arrived in full integrity;

  • Standard Operating Procedures were followed;

  • The cargo drop-off required minimal intervention at the destination location;

  • No battery recharge was necessary;

  • The aircraft returned successfully to the origin in a timely manner after dispatching the cargo landing in a designated 10x20m space in Mwanza;

  • Contingency procedures, such as rerouting were successfully implemented;

  • No physical items on the ground outside of the designated landing areas were hit;

  • A C2 telemetry link was maintained at all times.

Scored Elements

  • Total flight time per delivery flight. Time will be taken from the “go” signal and hand over of the cargo until the cargo is in the hands of the designated receiving person on Juma Island;

  • Ease of use.

Comments

For this challenge the aircraft can either drop the cargo from a height less than 2 meters or land, drop the cargo and takeoff again with minimal human intervention for the offloading. The return flight may be rerouted to an alternative designated landing location in Mwanza.