How to Take Inventory With Drones

By Mark Roberti

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A California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) research project has found that an RFID-enabled unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, can read tags attached to static inventory (for example, steel drills or utility pipes) at an accuracy rate of 95 to 100 percent. The research focused on capturing data for the purpose of equipment inventory tracking in oilfields, but also included other utility-based equipment in storage yards or at construction sites. Cal Poly will demonstrate in the exhibit hall, how the system could also be used to track dynamic inventory.

Speaker: Tali Freed, Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Cal Poly SLO, Director, PolyGAIT, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo