Drones to take over the warehouse

Drones to take over the warehouse

Geodis and Delta Drone have confirmed the operational development of a unique way for warehouse inventory counting using drones.

A few months after the start-up of the project and in line with the planned schedule, the initial development phase of this unique project has come to a successful conclusion following extensive testing in real-life conditions at the sites of Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône (near Paris) and Plaisance-du-Touch (near Toulouse).

The initial prototype demonstrated all the potential of the developed system, the principals say. It comprises a quadcopter drone fitted with high-resolution cameras and a ground-based robot equipped with a battery providing the necessary energy for the system. Capable of identifying pallets in low-light conditions, the system is operated using several dedicated electronics and computer systems.

Geodis and Delta Drone signed an agreement on April 28, 2016 on the joint development of automated warehouse inventory using drones. The system, which ensures data counting and reporting in real time, aims to integrate the entire value chain, including data processing and retrieval in the Geodis information system (WMS).

The final delivery of a completed prototype is planned for first quarter 2017, followed by the start of the industrial development phase prior to the start-up of operational use at the warehouses of Geodis and its customers in France and internationally.

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