Autonomous Drone Barcode Scanning for Warehouses

A single drone operator can now scan all inventory aisle-by-aisle in a warehouse during operating hours, this new process is safer, very accurate and alleviates a mandatory after-hours warehouse count all at once By Joe Macey / 23 Feb 2024
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Anyline has introduced a new autonomous drone inventory management software with the ability to scan an entire warehouse.

Anyline worked with Mondi to develop this autonomous drone barcode scanning solution.

Seeking to improve its inventory management process across multiple, large warehouse locations, Mondi tested several technology options including handheld RFID and camera scanners. A breakthrough was achieved when the company engaged Anyline to apply its mobile data capture technology within DJI Mini 3 Pro drones.

“Taking inventory in a warehouse using autonomous drones was an exciting challenge and we were happy to partner with Anyline to make it a reality,” said Rainer Steffl, CIO at Mondi. “After several months of testing, problem solving and integrating with our backend systems, we have successfully counted our first full warehouse, proving the technology a success.”

Prior to using barcode scanning drones, multiple workers used forklifts to manually lift two people at a time to scan inventory across large warehouses, sometimes only once per year. This process involves working at heights and, due to the need for space and extra safety measures, had to be done with overtime outside of warehouse operating hours. Now, a single drone operator can scan all the inventory aisle-by-aisle in a warehouse during operating hours. The new modern process is safer, very accurate and alleviates a mandatory after-hours full warehouse count all at once.

“Both Anyline and Mondi are passionate about innovation,” added Lukas Kinigadner, CEO and co-founder at Anyline. “We are proud to be a part of this project, which is redefining what is technologically possible in inventory management but can also be applied across other industries. We look forward to continuing to work with Mondi and other organizations redefining expectations and inspiring others to innovate and transform the way they work.”

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