Due to their extremely futuristic dimension, drones excite the imagination with their potential for airborne deliveries. Today, the number of projects being field tested are countless. However, that last kilometer in a delivery is still far from an operational reality due to safety reasons and the physical limitations (weight and distance) that influence these machines’ capabilities in terms of transporting items.
But alongside the operational applications of airborne drones, in fields such as surveillance or security, GEODIS has developed an innovative application for them in automated inventory. “With our partner Delta Drone, we have solved several complex problems,” explains de Carné. “These include battery life, automated control from within the building, and the ability to take high-resolution images. With this unique solution, we are able to conduct automated inventories during closing hours, and to do so at a very low cost.” This inventory drone, now in the industrial production phase, can be deployed in any warehouse on demand.
Even if we are still some way off from having driverless trucks or drones delivering packages, robotization and the proliferation of autonomous equipment has become an operational reality. These technologies bring with them the added benefit of very significant increases in productivity and reliability, as well as a reduction in health and safety risks for our human personnel.