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User Stories: Leveraging Drone Automation for Terminal Inspections
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Implementing Drone Technology into Transport and Logistics

Drones have long been a desired resource for transport and logistics companies. Drones have promised to minimize health and safety risks, assist in collecting highly-detailed data, add flexibility to inspection operations, and help save a significant amount of time and money.

Over the past few years, these benefits have been realized as more accessible drones have been deployed by leading adopters globally. However, the next step for drones in transport and logistics is to go beyond upgrading workers’ tools with drones by reinventing processes through the use of automated drone solutions.

DFDS, the Danish leader of transport and logistics, took the first step into automated solution just this year in 2019. By collaborating with like-minded partners, they were able to explore opportunities and boost efficiency of inspections of their harbor terminals.

DFDS moves more than 3 million trailers in their own stock and from partners yearly. Locating each one and confirming their position involves tedious manual operations, hence seeking out an alternative method of performing these routine operations became beneficial.

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Utilizing a Reliable and Customizable Drone Platform

DFDS sought out new technologies to exploit the new opportunities. At the time, drone use was already considered a common solution for logistics professionals around the world. Determined to create an innovative platform, DFDS consulted UAS Denmark, which resulted in a partnership with Lorenz Technology to pair drones with artificial intelligence. After partnering with Lorenz Technology in 2018 and utilizing AI computing on DJI platforms, DFDS experienced a significant increase in efficiency for their inspection operations.

They chose to operate with the Matrice 210 given its Onboard SDK (OSDK), which provided them access to develop a customized solution. Another important piece of the puzzle is the Zenmuse XT2 which is DJI’s most powerful camera to date for it has both visual and thermal sensors capable of smart AI features that can quickly identify objects, alert pilots of issues difficult to see by human eyes, and simplify the piloting experience.

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According to Lorenz Technology, it was incredibly easy to integrate their technology into DJI . They have tried other drones and payloads but the processors weren’t strong enough and it caused some crashes or lags on the transmission.

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“At DJI, we invest in building SDKs that enable industry experts, such as Lorenz Technology, to create unique solutions for specific industries and solve real-world business problems,” said Jan Gasparic, Director of Strategic Partnerships at DJI. “There are so many opportunities for SDKs across a wide array of sectors that it is almost impossible for us to unlock their full potential ourselves. These efforts support DJI’s goal of providing comprehensive platforms of the future.”

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For more information, please check the full article in DJI Enterprise User Stories: Leveraging Drone Automation for Terminal Inspections





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