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Why security only for outdoor operation? Indoor operation is very critical as in the warehouse there are many user, unused, damaged goods so to inspect these goods, Indoor drones play a vital role to recognize these goods.
Security is a must – Whether Indoor or Outdoor operation
Till now you understood that drones have made tremendous changes in the outside world like product delivery drones, In railways, military, and many more outdoor operations. But now it’s time that drones perform excellent work in Indoor operation. Mainly Indoor operation can be an inspection of goods in Warehouse and in-house shipment for logistics operation.
How Indoor Drones are exploring themselves in this Unfamiliar Industry?
Autonomous Drones are designed for indoor inventory management, Inspection and Surveillance, and Intralogistics. Today managing inventory manually becomes hectic for the workers to inspect huge numbers of inventory, so, automated drones are good replacements for counting huge inventories. Companies like Corvus robotics launch their automated indoor drone for inspection of inventory management in 2019. Verity Studios are in the testing phase in stretching up the strategy for the drone inventory market.
Indoor drones are made small in size so that they can travel in the free area of the warehouse and drone also consists of an in-built camera. Other than logistics and warehouse, indoor drones can also be used at Oil & Gas, Mining, and Power Generation, Videography in weddings, and many more.
Indoor Drones- Market Opportunity And Importance
In 2019, it was published in a market report that the market will rise to the height of USD 29 billion by 2027 with an annual hike of a minimum of 20%. Also, Indoor drone for the logistics market was reflected to be from USD 11.20 billion in 2022 to USD 29.06 billion by 2027, with a CAGR of 21.01%.
The top 4 Key benefits of Indoor Drones are:
1.More reliable- As the drone size and weight is light they can easily pass the narrow passage and have improved location recognition. Stable drone navigation through narrow aisles. Improved accuracy of recognition and location.
2.Less Risk-Manual inspection of inventory is removed by drones so, work becomes less hazardous, in terms of counting inventories manually by standing on ladders.
3.Increase in Return on investment – As cost is less but return on investment will speed up due to the easy acquiring cost of small drones.
4.Aertos 120-UVC has made a good initiative to develop the first indoor drone to disinfected places where there is a great risk to spread COVID-19. According to the report, it was seen that this UVC has an over 99% disinfected rate.
The technology behind Indoor Drones
Indoor Drones require exact location and position in the warehouse and logistics industry and that is not possible through GPS technology. GPS technology is used for outdoor Drones. Most of the companies are using Image Recognition technologies for Warehouse and Logistics operations. Japan has built a lightweight flying robot and has featured single-camera machine vision in it. By installing this feature Drones can easily identify the passage through reference codes.
The research says that GPS signals are too weak as it depends on the internet so if the internet connection is low, GPS will stop its working. It becomes difficult for indoor drones to find an accurate way. Now the experts are focusing on lightweight design, small in size, and inexpensive. Raspberry pi3 being an open-source computing platform weighs up to 45 grams. It has a single downward-facing camera prototype with a low resolution of 80 to 80 pixels.
Through this, indoor drones can recognize the path of turning and corners. The algorithm is installed to gather the location of the warehouse and logistics.
The other technology used in Indoor drones is the Structure From Motion Algorithm (SFM). The technology behind this is to determine the relative location of the drone and to determine its exact distance from the starting point in a 3D virtual environment. SFM is a method that constructs a 3D virtual structure from a series of 2D images of the scene. SFM) technology is used to build safe and efficient drones for indoor operations.
Also, Fly ability has introduced its new drone name Elios 2 has all the features like- prevention from accidents and No need for external light as it has in-built lights that allow the pilot to operate the drone carefully and effectively. Elios 2 have seven visionary sensors so that GPS technology is less in use. Fly ability has supplied its drone to one of its clients from France and they are using the drones for logistics purposes where Elios 2 drones inspect ballast tanks of its cargo ships in less than ten minutes. Whereas the same inspection work done would require three-four inspectors using ropes and other things required to do the work manually.
The drone has covered few markets for its efficiency and for less time consuming, but with some advantages, there come some disadvantages like- Very few companies are aware of the indoor drones. Lack of stability issues has occurred because of weak GPS technology and technology as mentioned above becomes costlier to the small firms. Difficulty to search the narrow aisle in warehouse or logistics. By redeveloping these features, indoor drones to be more beneficial to large firms as well as small firms.