GEODIS and DELTA DRONE unveil “completely automatic” warehouse inventory system

GEODIS and DELTA DRONE unveil “completely automatic” warehouse inventory system

GEODIS and DELTA DRONE have announced their “completely automatic” warehouse inventory solution using drones will be operational at the end of 2018.

In a statement issued on Wednesday (11 April), GEODIS said that two years of development and “more than 1,000 flight hours in prototype mode across three pilot warehouses” were required to produce this drone-based solution.

According to GEODIS it will allow companies “to perform completely automatic warehouse inventories without interrupting their usual operations or requiring any human intervention”.

The solution combines a ground-based robot and a quadcopter drone equipped with four high-definition cameras.

In the prototyping phase, tests were carried out in real operating conditions in order to meet the specific constraints of warehouses, such as low light or the impact that the plastic film covering pallets has on image capturing, which required special adaptations to the cameras embedded in the drones.

GEODIS and DELTA DRONE said they are now working on producing a system that can be manufactured, with a view to moving to the “industrial production stage” at the end of the year.

Initially, GEODIS will be the exclusive user of this solution in its own warehouses.

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