JD Launches Drone Disinfection in Inner Mongolia
by Ling Cao
On February 16th, JD.com flied its two drones to spray disinfectant in the High-Tech Industrial Development Zone of Ordos City, an important industrial city of Inner Mongolia, China. With an increasing number of people returning back to work from their hometowns following the Spring Festival holiday, JD’s drones have helped the city strengthen its protective measures against the coronavirus.
JD arranged two drones to spray disinfectant in specified areas. Each drone can carry ten liters of disinfectant at a time. With a flight radius of 5km, using drones enables the city to cover a wider and more thorough area than they would be able to cover with human personnel, in a shorter period of time.
Hang Ba, head of JD’s drone program, said, “In addition to supporting last-mile delivery, especially in hard to reach, or closed-off areas, our drones can also help with critical disinfection procedures during the coronavirus period.”
JD.com is a strategic regional partner with Ordos, and has leveraged its resources to help the city access epidemic prevention supplies. The implementation of its drone program for disinfection is another example of how JD is supporting the city, and showcases how the company leverages technology to help Ordos during this time. On February 18th, JD is scheduled to launch drone-based disinfection in Ordos’ Dalad banner (Banner in Inner Mogolia is a county-level administrative entity). It will also launch last-mile drone delivery services for some residential compounds and villages in Dalad banner that have been closed off, enabling convenient delivery while minimizing human-to-human contact.
JD’s drones have been used in emergency relief efforts for several years. In July 2018, the company deployed a team of drone engineers as well as drones and ancillary vehicles to support the Beijing municipal government’s storm relief efforts, which was JD’s first disaster relief effort using drones following its establishment of China’s first nationwide drone rescue team in May 2018.
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