MIT researchers created a system of drones to fly around a warehouse and use RFID to catalogue its inventory for workers

Warehouse workers may not have to keep track of inventory much longer. Researchers at MIT have developed a system of drones to track inventory by flying inside the warehouse and scanning RFID tags on boxes. The drones remained 10 meters away from the contents, scanning the boxes with existing RFID scanners attached to their bodies to verify the contents were inside of the warehouse.

This drone fleet gives workers the luxury of not having to search for objects and instead focus on other work, like moving products between locations. This could prevent companies from misplacing items in their warehouses and help them fulfill orders more efficiently. MIT has tested the system and will hold a second set of trails with a Massachusetts retailer at an undisclosed time.

MIT Warehouse Drones


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Warehouse workers may not have to keep track of inventory much longer. Researchers at MIT have developed a system of drones to track inventory by flying inside the warehouse and scanning RFID tags on boxes. The drones remained 10 meters away from the contents, scanning the boxes with existing RFID scanners attached to their bodies to verify the contents were inside of the warehouse.

This drone fleet gives workers the luxury of not having to search for objects and instead focus on other work, like moving products between locations. This could prevent companies from misplacing items in their warehouses and help them fulfill orders more efficiently. MIT has tested the system and will hold a second set of trails with a Massachusetts retailer at an undisclosed time.