Geodis and Delta Drone are planning to launch a prototype automated warehouse inventory system using drones early next year following completion of a series of tests.
The initial prototype comprises a quadcopter drone fit 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.
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 warehouse management system.
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. Geodis says the system could be used in about 300 of its warehouses.