Inside Unmanned Systems

JUN-JUL 2016

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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41 unmanned systems inside June/July 2016 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. BY THE NUMBERS $ 1.45 trillion The amount of spending in the logistics and transportation industry in 2014. 8.3 % The portion of US annual gross domestic product (GDP) that spending represents. Source: The U.S. International Trade Administration via SelectUSA.gov "YOUR INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM says you've got fve pallets of this but you can only fnd one. Each pallet is $50,000—now you've got a problem." Matt Yearling, CEO PINC Solutions an "air traffic control" employee, who sends a worker to move the item. Walmart indicated in its FAA filing that it would like to extend its work with UAS outdoors. Walmart may be the highest-profile retailer to announce its interest in using drones for in- ventory management, but the unmanned in- dustry has been working for sometime toward UAS-based solutions for tracking assets large and small. The Fraunhofer Institute for Mate- rial Flow and Logistics IML in Dortmund is developing "InventAIRY," another system that would use swarming autonomous multirotor vehicles to track products in a warehouse. The French company Hardis Group filed a patent for an inventory-taking drone early in 2015, according to a press release. PINC Solutions of Alameda, Calif. is devel- oping a drone for inventory reconciliation that incorporates RFID, OCR (optical character recognition) and a bar code reader. The drones would scan the contents of the warehouse, not- ing each item and where it is. That data would be used to reconcile the information in the inventory management system with what is actually on the warehouse f loor.

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