Alessandro Bassi

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Rural Community Projects in Ghana using Mobile Phones & Drones

Rural areas of low-income countries present several challenges. We have already carried out successfully a project in rural areas in Ghana about prenatal care using mobile phones and remote ultrasound machines. In the already existing network, we are now delivering medical supplies using drones, and have set up a company called Medrone. We use drones endowed with artificial vision, allowing avoidance of obstacles which are not visible giving GPS coordinates. Delivery of medicine to areas with inefficient infrastructure is our current focus but we are open minded to other opportunities. We believe this novel transportation means will have a positive impact.

Alessandro Bassi graduated in 1994 in Computer Science. In his early career, he worked for Amadeus, University of Tennessee, Ecole Normale Superieure in Lyon, France and RIPE NCC. In Nov. 2004 he joined Hitachi Europe. Since Sept. 2010 he is an Independent Consultant, working on topics related to Internet of Things, Cloud Storage and Smart Cities. He was the Technical Coordinator of the EU lighthouse project regarding the Internet of Things 'Internet of Things - Architecture" (IoT-A). He authored a book, "Enabling Things to Talk", on Internet of Things.

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