The global ground handler and travel service provider dnata has teamed up with the US technology start-up Gather AI to introduce the use of autonomous drones in its warehouses at Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).
Dnata notes that the initiative aims to digitize inventory processes by monitoring shipments with 99.8% accuracy.
Gather AI’s innovative software enables the drones to map the environment, collect inventory data, count cases, measure temperature and read barcodes with just their cameras without the need for any additional active infrastructure.
The drones are paired with a tablet that provides live inventory data. The collected data can be viewed directly on the tablet or on the web via a user-friendly application.
The DFW notes that every drone can be operated at temperatures of down to -10 degrees Celsius, so that dnata can also use the technology in its state-of-the-art cold chain systems. It is planned to gradually roll out the drones via dnata’s global freight network over the next few years.
Guillaume Crozier, Divisional Vice President of Operations and Product Development at dnata, said, “We are excited to introduce cutting edge drone technology to our operations to take cargo handling to the next level.
“Our partner’s autonomous drone and inventory management platform offers more transparency across our entire operations. This new technology, combined with our strong expertise in freight products, enables us to significantly increase efficiency and reduce the risk of lost sales throughout the entire customer journey.
“We continue to use the latest technology to provide our partners with great value at every stage of the cargo handling process.”
He notes that dnata has invested heavily in new technologies and digitization in recent years, including the introduction of high-tech refrigerated trucks in Australia and Singapore, a UV cabin cleaning service in Switzerland, and thermal screening in the US.