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Erico Fortes Pinheiro

Robotics and Drone Services

(Cape Verde)

As an archipelago of 10 islands, access to remote areas of Cape Verde to deliver goods and services can be very difficult even at the best of times. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become increasingly worse, immensely affecting most outer islanders. This drone, designed by a 30-year-old university lecturer and computer scientist, Erico Fortes Pinheiro, is not only being used to deliver services to these isolated areas, but also to disinfect and spot areas in urgent need.

Our objective is to offer fast, effective, innovative, and safe technological, versatile and multifunctional aerial vehicles

Due to the geographic isolation of many areas, the Cape Verdean population’s access to health services is inherently destabilized. During the pandemic, most health services are affected, including the delivery of medicines and medical samples for analysis at hospital labs.

Erico set up his start-up – Prime Robotics –  to provide his versatile drones for logistics and agricultural services purposes.

With the emergence of COVID-19, Erico and his partners have now repurposed Prime Robotics to medical logistics, to help counter problems created by the COVID-19 onslaught in the islands.

The drones have been redesigned and re-engineered, so that during the pandemic, they can be used to disin- fect streets, transport medicines, light medical equipment, samples, as well as other essential goods to cater for those isolated in remote island areas. Prime Robotics is also currently producing face-shields and is looking for partners to upscale its production capacity.

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