Technically and economically worthwhile?
There are already drones on the market, the camera technology exists. VIL wants to investigate more deeply the technical and economic feasibility of using drones, and to be able to estimate the operational and investment costs more accurately.
This project investigates precisely which process optimizations and work rates can be achieved through the use of drones – or flying robots – and what operational and investments costs are involved. VIL wants to work with the participating companies to create greater clarity around the practical applications of drones in logistics. They are looking at the state of the technology, existing applications and possible activities, in both warehouses and yards. They are also studying what is feasible – technically and economically.
One reason why drones will tend to be used in a warehouse environment or yard rather than in parcel transport is that they can operate entirely on private property. This means that there are far fewer legal restrictions.
Many potential tasks
Firstly, the possible applications of drones will be explored – in both yards and warehouses. The potential functions are very varied. For example, drones equipped with cameras can be deployed for conventional inspection and security tasks in yards, or to monitor and take stock of containers. But they can just as well carry small items to a place in the yard that is difficult to reach.
Inside the warehouse, there are also possibilities for using drones, for instance to help with stocktaking. There may well be other tasks that they can carry out as well. For this reason, best practices in Belgium and abroad are considered.