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Inventory count made easier by drones

Posted: 12 Mar 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:inventory management? drone delivery? RFID tags? distribution centres? In Command Wearables?

The second approach would be to scan the warehouse locations using a camera and then convert the images into inventory count. This approach would work for pallet reserve, single SKU case reserve and even for case pick locations. It would not work for active locations because the units within the active location need to be moved around during counting to see all the units. This means the number of tiers for a pallet and the number of cases within a tier will need to be established at the item master level. Also, the pallets and cases will have to be built following those standards. In addition, the algorithm needs to be sophisticated to translate the rectangular boxes that appear in the images to actual box count.

In Command Wearable is another technology that can be integrated with the drones. This ruggedised consumer electronic device can be used in enterprise environments as an alternative to the rugged wearable computers like Motorola WT4000 and Honeywell LXE HX2. In Command Wearable has a consumer electronic device, a proprietary ergonomic rugged enclosure and intuitive set of apps to enable the consumer device to be used in warehouse and distribution environments. The first generation of In Command Wearable uses Apple iPod Touch 5 as the core computing device paired with a Bluetooth ring scanner for data capture. By integrating In Command devices with drones, the computation of inventory from images can be done more easily leveraging the sophisticated cameras.

- Puga Sankara
??EBN/Principal
??Smart Gladiator


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