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Drone project: delivery terminal

DPDgroup is pursuing its project for delivering parcels by drones and paying close attention to ensuring the safety of drone take-off and landing as well as parcel release phases. To do this, GeoPost has developed a unique solution: a delivery terminal.

Paris, 3rd July 2015, DPDgroup, commercial brand of GeoPost, holding company of the French Groupe La Poste, has been testing the conditions for delivering parcels by drones since June 2014.

In September, a drone successfully travelled 1,200 metres to deliver a 3kg parcel in real-life conditions.

In February, tests in severe cold demonstrated the robustness and reliability of the technology chosen.

DPDgroup developed a delivery terminal as part of the flight and delivery safety studies.

The innovative terminal was developed alongside its project partner Atechsys.

It features:

  • a structure protecting access to the drone during landing and take-off phases,
  • an automated carriage system for transporting the parcel,
  • an electronic system devoted to the safety of handling operations around the drone


The delivery terminal ensures the safety of the following phases from parcel loading, to take off, landing and parcel release.

The development of the delivery terminal marks yet another milestone in the project for delivery parcels by drone. It provides a solution to the standing concern of ensuring the safety of using and maintaining the drones as well the parcel loading/unloading operations by an operator. Such technology will provide a means of expanding logistics networks by overcoming major obstacles, including:

-          Infrastructures: inadequacy of road networks in addition to island and mountain areas, etc.

-          Weather: areas that are flooded or blocked by snow

-          Safety of people and operators

-          Protection and security of the parcel and equipment



DPD drone technical feature:

Autonomy: up to 20 Km

Payload: up to 4Kg

Average speed: 30 Km/h

Ground based system with full automation and a transmission range up to 50 Km

6 electrical rotors, Carbon fiber frame

Up-to-date embedded electronics

Embedded GPS and flight camera with data reporting

Redundant electronic


About DPDgroup

DPDgroup is the second largest international parcel delivery network in Europe. DPDgroup combines innovative technology and local knowledge to provide a flexible and user-friendly service for both shippers and shoppers. With its industry-leading Predict service, DPDgroup is setting a new standard for convenience by keeping customers closely in touch with their delivery.

With 26,000 people and a network of 20,000 local Pickup points, DPDgroup delivers 3 million parcels to over 230 countries each day through its four brands: DPD, Chronopost, SEUR and Interlink Express.

DPDgroup is the parcel delivery network of GeoPost, which posted sales of €4.9 billion this year. GeoPost is a holding company owned by Le Groupe La Poste.

About Atechsys and the centre for studying and testing autonomous vehicles (CEEMA)

Atechsys was founded on the idea that each application will require a specific drone. At a time when off-the-shelf drones are being built, Atechsys develops the technological building blocks which, when assembled, create a drone that is perfectly suited to the customer's specifications. This is what is called the third generation drone. Such a unique positioning on the market, combined with the fact it has full control over the value chain, puts Atechsys in a position to let its products fly. With nine employees and €650,000 in revenues in 2013, Atechsys features among the leading companies in the professional civil drone market.

CEEMA is the leading civil drone testing centre in Europe. Founded in 2008, this 65-hectare aeronautical platform has become a standard-setter in its field. The centre boasts a reserved flight area for testing drones weighing up to 150kg. In 2010, CEEMA set up its first business incubator devoted to civil and drone applications. Accredited by the French government in 2013, this ecosystem that is both stimulating and reassuring for entrepreneurs is now home to 15 companies and has created thirty or so long-term jobs.


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