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Inventory-taking drone: Hardis Group launches real-life prototype testing phase

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Inventory-taking drone: Hardis Group launches real-life prototype testing phase

 

Eyesee, the result of a technological partnership with Squadrone System, is tested in FM Logistic warehouses to:

-          see how well the solution designed in the lab translates to real life in the warehouse so it can be fine-tuned to meet logistics providers' requirements as closely as possible;

-          measure the benefits in productivity, safety and quality in a real-life situation.

 

Grenoble, July 5, 2016 - Hardis Group, a digital services company and software publisher, has announced the launch of real-life testing of its drone solution designed to automate inventory-taking and inventory control in warehouses. The software publisher teamed up with Squadrone System to develop a fully assisted indoor drone, and international warehousing, transport and packaging leader FM Logistic to test the solution in real-life conditions in its warehouses.

 

A fully autonomous industrial drone

Aware of the logistics-related opportunities offered by the physical and technical characteristics of drones, Hardis Group filed a patent in 2015 for an inventory-taking drone to automate inventories and simplify and optimize inventory management in warehouses. Following a technological exploration phase, Hardis Group partnered with Squadrone System, which specializes in pilotless drones in extreme conditions and is well known for its consumer product Hexo+, to develop an initial prototype of an industrial indoor drone, called Eyesee.

 

The drone is equipped with sensors, enabling it to move around the warehouse autonomously, controlled by an operator. Its on-board camera identifies and captures inventory data which can be transmitted to any WMS on the market. The aim is to save time and increase productivity and safety in inventory and stock control operations.

 

Real-life testing with FM Logistic

Hardis Group recently signed an agreement with FM Logistic to test the solution at its logistics sites to check the system's ability to meet the sector's requirements. Innovation, which drives productivity, performance and flexibility, is a key value for FM Logistic, which has a committee of international experts dedicated to it. The aim is to imagine, design and deploy innovative solutions to improve working conditions for its employees and quality of service to its customers. So it was no surprise that the company agreed to get involved with the inventory-taking drone project.

 

FM Logistic opened up its warehouse in Satolas (France) to Hardis Group teams to conduct tests relating to flight conditions (site mapping, geolocation, lighting configurations, surfaces encountered by the drone, etc.) and the collection of information required for inventory-taking (label reading for example). In September, FM Logistic business teams will start testing the drone and the collection and processing of information by their tools.

 

Testing with FM Logistic will continue until the end of 2016. Hardis Group plans to commence production of the solution with Squadrone System in 2017.