‘DRONES MAKE STOCK-TAK­ING QUICKER’

Sin­ga­pore com­pany of­fers so­lu­tion to re­duce costs of ware­hous­ing

New Straits Times - - Business / Bursa Malaysia - OOI TEE CHING bt@me­di­aprima.com.my

MALAYSIA’S heavy reliance on for­eign work­ers to carry out me­nial tasks at ware­houses could be al­le­vi­ated as a Sin­ga­pore start-up in­tro­duces drone tech­nol­ogy for in­ven­tory stock-tak­ing.

“We’re talk­ing about hun­dreds of mil­lions or bil­lions of cost sav­ings for the ware­hous­ing in­dus­try,” said In­finium Ro­bot­ics chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Woon Jun Yang , adding that drone us­age is a log­i­cal step that makes busi­nesses more ef­fi­cient.

"For com­pa­nies look­ing to au­to­mate repet­i­tive tasks and be less labour in­ten­sive, we have the so­lu­tion,” he told NST Busi­ness in an in­ter­view here.

For­merly a com­man­der with the Sin­ga­pore Navy, Woon is putting to good use what he learned dur­ing his stint with the mil­i­tary to run his start-up, In­finium Ro­bot­ics.

The 34-year-old said his team works on the de­sign and de­vel­op­ment of drones for ware­house stock-tak­ing and aerial dis­play shows at theme parks.

Most of the time, drones are flown out­doors. Woon said one can mea­sure the er­rors in me­tres and it still works be­cause there is so much space.

“When in­doors, you might be able to get sig­nals through open­ing of win­dows or doors but your po­si­tion is not ac­cu­rate,” he said.

To counter this, In­finium Ro­bot­ics has de­vel­oped its own know-how. The drones’ in­door po­si­tion­ing tech­nol­ogy can mea­sure ac­cu­racy to the cen­time­tre, while its cam­era sys­tem can mea­sure ac­cu­racy to the mil­lime­tre.

Woon said his com­pany’s drones are ca­pa­ble of hov­er­ing along the aisles of the ware­house and scan­ning goods us­ing a bar­cod­ing tech­nol­ogy.

At the end of the in­ven­tory scan­ning cy­cle, the drones will send sig­nals back to the ware­house man­age­ment sys­tem.

“So, there is no need for em­ploy­ees to op­er­ate the in­door drones, free­ing them up for other tasks,” he said.

“Drones and other kinds of ro­bots can­not re­place hu­mans en­tirely but they can do repet­i­tive and bor­ing tasks much faster and con­sis­tently, with­out com­plaints,” he said.

He went on to high­light that well-cal­i­brated drones are ca­pa­ble of speed­ing up stock-tak­ing at ware­houses from 30 days to just two days.

PIC BY ZULFADHLI ZULKIFLI

In­finium Ro­bot­ics chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Jun­yang Woon says his com­pany’s drones are ca­pa­ble of hov­er­ing along the aisles of the ware­house and scan­ning prod­uct bar­codes.

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