EYESEE will be exhibiting its latest innovations in warehouse technology at the new edition of the Transport and Logistics Innovation Week (SITL), which will take place from March 28 to 30 at the Porte de Versailles in Paris.
SITL has become one of the main events for transport and logistics professionals. The international trade show, which is celebrating its 40th edition this year, brings together all supply chain players from sectors as diverse as intralogistics, robotics, IT systems and logistics real estate. The 2022 edition gathered more than 24,000 participants and 500 exhibitors.
For this 40th edition, the drone inventory will be in the spotlight on our stand D113.
During the SITL 2023, participants will be able to see flight demonstrations of the EYESEE solution in the DRONE VALLEY several times a day.
EYESEE is a solution designed to help manufacturers and logisticians increase their operational efficiency. It allows to carry out the inventory by collecting automatically the data of stocks of the warehouses. The solution can be deployed in a few days, without any modification of the warehouse or addition of infrastructure.
With an average productivity of 400 locations/hour, EYESEE allows you to increase the reliability of your inventory data while reducing the risks on your site.
The drone inventory solution complies with all current industry standards. It helps 3PLs and logistics departments of manufacturers to eliminate inventory errors before they become downstream problems. L’Oréal, Bayer, GKN Driveline, Le Roy Logistique, Ikea, Aptar and many others have already chosen EYESEE.
A question about the features of the inventory robot, the autonomy of our drone or our customers? We answer all your questions in this article .
1. Who are the customers who use the EYESEE inventory robot?
The solution is adapted to each type of warehouse:
The inventory robot can be used in warehouses along the value chain (raw material warehouses, production sites, finished goods warehouses).
Among our customers who have deployed the solution in Europe
2. What kind of tags can EYESEE read?
3. Is the drone able to count?
No, the EYESEE inventory robot does not count stocks (the number of goods on a pallet). The drone is designed to ideally read the HU tags (barcodes on full pallets filmed in the Handling Unit). It provides accurate stock data with photos and thus allows to detect empty pallets, obstacles and to anticipate position errors beforehand.
4. How long does it take to scan a warehouse?
It depends on the type of inventory you adopt and the frequency you use the solution. Another important factor is the size of your warehouse. The EYESEE solution can read an average of 400 locations per hour and the battery pack provided allows for about 2 hours of flight time. The calculation is simple :). Depending on the warehouse and the size of the locations, the efficiency can reach 800 locations per hour.
5. Is the drone fully autonomous?
No, EYESEE is a solution that requires the presence of an operator to supervise the flight of the drone. However, the operator does not need to be trained to fly the drone or to use joysticks. Simply pressing the buttons on the application is enough. During an inventory mission, the drone operator makes sure that the flight is going well, and can also report problems on the tablet application (points of interest related to the goods, the pallet or the rack for example).
When the drone finishes its inventory mission (one side of an aisle) it lands and touches down. The drone operator must also change the battery when necessary and move the drone to the next aisle.
6. How long does it takes to deploy the solution?
It’s quick. There are a total of 3 training sessions: 2 short sessions of training on EYESEE Cloud remotely and 2 to 3 days of training on the use of the drone on site (most frequently when the equipment is delivered). It is not necessary to have a telepilot license.
These sessions are spread over a typical period of 12 weeks from the date of order (can be accelerated depending on stock availability).
Important point: no infrastructure or addition of codes or labels for localization is required.
Grenoble, France, December 8, 2022 – The startup Darwin Drones, which develops and markets the Eyesee drone inventory count, announces a €1 million round of funding, bringing in the Groupe Idec through its investment subsidiary Team Invest Innovation, the Crédit Agricole Alpes Développement, as well as several business angels.
The startup now has the necessary means for the commercial deployment of Eyesee to logistics and industrial sites in France and abroad. After having attracted first customers such as L’Oréal, Bayer, DB Schenker, and Leroy Logistique, who adopted the Eyesee offer since its prototype stage, Darwin Drones is now aiming to set up a network of distributors and integrators in its main target markets.
“This fundraising, following an initial market validation, confirms the relevance of Eyesee’s positioning to automate and make the inventory processes of industrial and logistic sites more reliable. We are delighted to welcome new shareholders who are commited to our side. This funding allows us to start our acceleration and internationalization phase with serenity and determination.”, comments Eric Pierrel, president of Darwin Drones.
Eyesee was born in 2015 from a Grenoble-based collaboration combining the logistics DNA of Hardis Group and the industrial drone expertise of Squadrone System. It was therefore quite obvious for Darwin Drones to approach investors active in the Grenoble area, in particular Crédit Agricole Alpes Développement and Grenoble Angels.
“The Eyesee project, led by Darwin Drones, showcases Grenoble’s technological and commercial expertise on a national level and is now beginning its international journey. We are delighted to be able to support this project and especially the management team, which combines an ability to listen with notable responsiveness and dynamism.“, explains Rami Hassoun, equity investor at Crédit Agricole Alpes Développement.
“For us, supporting such a project means that we believe in the strong development potential of the Eyesee inventory drone solution dedicated to stocktaking within logistics sites using an autonomous drone. Eyesee has been proven for more than 5 years with many customers already using it, demonstrating impressive results compared to traditional stocktaking methods. Darwin Drones is determined to deploy this disruptive solution on a larger scale in France and internationally for the logistics sector, which is always on the lookout for innovative and reliable solutions to improve productivity. Finally, Eyesee was created and developed in the Grenoble area by experts in logistics and drone engineering, it was thus important to support this project in its commercial launch phase.”, explains Jean-Yves Costa, the project’s instructor and investor at Grenoble Angels.
The development of partnerships being a strong vector for growth for Darwin Drones, the recent fundraising is also an opportunity to create synergies. Thus, the Groupe Idec, a major player in real estate and construction, which operates as a planner and developer, investor, turnkey designer-builder, and creator of energy solutions, is joining the Eyesee project to accelerate its market access.
“Our stake in Eyesee is the result of a global approach to the need for tools that promote the development of industry and logistics 4.0“, comments Patrice Lafargue, President of Groupe Idec. “We are thrilled to partner with the Darwin Drones team and its other shareholders to develop this project, which combines an innovative vision and a pragmatic approach to strengthen the digitalization of logistics platforms. We have an incredible portfolio of projects with some 700,000 m2 of warehouses that we build each year and the nearly 1,700,000 m2 of buildable space throughout France to give this innovative solution a tremendous boost.”
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Founded in 2021, Darwin Drones is specialized in the development and marketing of industrial logistics automation solutions, especially by drone. Darwin Drones also provides services associated with this activity. The company is dedicated to the sales, support and software development of the Eyesee solution for the logistics market.
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Groupe Idec is a major player in the real estate sector, bringing together more than twenty companies with expertise in their fields. It operates in France and abroad to plan, develop, finance
and provide innovative energy solutions, as well as to design and construct all types of buildings.
It positions itself as a responsible player in the energy transition and in limiting the artificialization of land. The company works with local authorities on each new operation to revitalize territories by creating new living and working spaces. This commitment translates into a desire to contribute to the green growth of cities, businesses and individuals, while meeting the challenges of
sustainable, coherent and pragmatic economic development.
▪ Year of creation: 2000
▪ 500 employees in France + 700 worldwide
▪ 500 million euros of Revenues
▪ 3 million m2 certified
▪ 20 companies in France
▪ + 1,000 Ha developed or in progress in France and internationally
▪ 260,000,000 euros of assets
▪ 700,000 m2 built each year
▪ + 20 logistics parks in France and abroad.
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Created in 2005, Grenoble Angels is an association affiliated with France Angels, the national federation of business angels. Grenoble Angels brings together a hundred local investors throughout the Isère department, who support and finance start-ups and innovative companies in their seed phase.
With more than 15 years of experience and over 200 projects funded, Grenoble Angels relies on the experience and expertise of its members to support local entrepreneurs and projects.
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Watch the replay of our webinar and learn how drone inventory count allows you to increase productivity in your warehouse.
Using new technologies for inventory automation, and in specific the drone inventory count, allows to improve the production.
Inventory drone offers many advantages to companies, as explained in this webinar by Clément Roulet Dubonnet, co-founder of Darwin Drones.
Darwin Drones is the company dedicated to the marketing, support and software development of the EYESEE drone inventory solution for the logistics market.
Inventory and stock keeping activities are time-consuming and inefficient but simple. Yet production depends on the quality and efficiency of this process.
EYESEE simplifies these activities to have a more accurate inventory and a more fluid activity at any moment.
Why are finished goods warehouses switching to EYESEE?
With drone inventory count EYESEE, you can :
Discover the benefits of drones in warehouse to increase the operational efficiency of production sites.
EYESEE is a drone inventory solution for logistics warehouses organized in pallets.
The solution improves inventory processes by meeting the needs of logisticians and industrials.
Inventory is a task that requires many resources: financial, material and human.
Regulations require companies to take an inventory of their stocks at least once a year.
Inventory by drone
10 persons & more
Only 1 person to supervise the flight of the drone
The use of 1 or more scissors lifts (owned or rented)
No scissors lift
1 visit/years per location
50 locations per hour
4 visits/years per location
Up to 500 locations per hour
60 to 90 seconds per location
6 to 10 seconds per location
Thanks to the time savings generated by the use of the EYESEE Solution, companies can switch to cycle count inventory while reducing their inventory costs.
The importance of accurate inventory tracking in the warehouse should not be underestimated. Errors generate direct operational costs.
It is important that all goods in the warehouse are accurately accounted for so that customer orders can be delivered on time.
The EYESEE solution enables faster and more frequent inventory counts to identify potential errors.
Thanks to the different modes that can be configured, you can create inventory missions:
Employee safety in the warehouse is a major issue for logisticians. As soon as an operator has to access a stock at height and uses a scissor lift, he increases his risk of falling.
Thanks to the EYESEE solution, it has become possible to eliminate the use of scissors lift to control stocks, and thus considerably reduce the risks associated with working at height.
With EYESEE, only one person is needed to inventory your entire inventory. No more need for cradles. The solution also integrates many safety functions. In case of structural defects, damaged pallets or pierced packages, the operator can declare a point of interest during the flight.
With reliable inventory counts, orders will be in compliance and shipped as expected by the customer. The impact of accurate inventory tracking is not limited to cost savings and increased efficiency.
The ability to provide optimal customer service depends on having the right products in the right place at the right time.
To achieve this goal requires frequent and accurate inventory counts.
With the EYESEE solution, identify inventory errors upstream before they become costly downstream problems.
In fact, finished goods warehouses adjacent to or near production sites often receive, store and reship goods in a full handling unit format. The main reason for this is that these pallets are destined for distributors or other depots where they will be broken down and shipped in packages or reassembled depending on the destination. These warehouses therefore have a proportion of racked reserves close to 100%. Most of the time, there is no picking activity, which ensures that the pallets made up, filmed and labeled with the quantity are compliant and perfectly readable by the drone. The production sites thus have all the criteria to benefit 100% from the advantages offered by EYESEE.
How much time do you spend controlling your finished goods inventory?
[Watch our latest EYESEE inventory robot embedded video ]
Wondering how your inventory mission is done with EYESEE?
We reveal all in the video below. Get on board during a supervision of an inventory mission with EYESEE. The drone inventory solution will have no more secrets for you!
You are here in the interface of the control tablet.
Settings of EYESEE Tablet :
Beginning of the mission
You are probably wondering “How does EYESEE Drone know which locations to scan?
The answer is very simple: Beforehand, the dimensions of the aisle faces in the warehouse were entered. Mapping is a 2D representation of an aisle face in a warehouse. By indicating:
EYESEE Drone knows at any time in front of which location it is.
EYESEE detects full and empty locations, and takes pictures of each location.
00:26: When EYESEE Drone detects and scans the barcode on the pallet, the code appears in green at the bottom of the control screen.
02:22: If the location is empty. The word “empty” appears at the bottom of the control screen.
03:00: When the drone does not detect any barcode, but the location is full, a ” no scan ” appears at the bottom of the control screen.
There are different reasons for this:
Figure above: Point of Interest (POI) declaration menu
2. The barcode is not readable. EYESEE Drone did not succeed in reading it. In this case, the operator can ask EYESEE Drone to restart the bar code acquisition at this location, or without operator intervention if the automatic mode is activated.
3. A dynamic storage: the pallet is on 2 locations at the same time, and only one barcode is present. The post mission data processing will correct the error.
End of the mission:
The timer indicates the duration of the mission.
In the mission presented in the video, EYESEE Drone inventoried a side of 36 locations in an AFTRAL school in 04min25, that is to say an average of 7 seconds per location, with a vertical speed configured on “intermediate” (60cm/s).
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Watch the replay of our webinar, and switch to cycle count inventory with the drone warehouse inventory.
Find out how the drone logistics inventory allows you to increase productivity in your warehouse.
EYESEE is a warehouse drone inventory. This solution allows one person to scan an average of 400 pallet locations per hour.
Thanks to these different modes of use (with expected, blind, spot location), EYESEE is a powerful tool to switch to cycle count inventory.
Many companies chose EYESEE for the inventory of their warehouses. This is especially the case of L’ORÉAL.
Before EYESEE, L’ORÉAL carried out manual inventories with :
Thanks to the inventory drone solution, L’ORÉAL has switched to a cycle count inventory of 1 to 2 hours per week. This allows the company to check each location more than 4 times a year and thus reduce stock errors (with an accuracy of 99.8% and continuous opening of the logistics centre without any interruption of activities).
Are you interested in our drone inventory solution?
Check your eligibility in 2 minutes and get a first estimate of the productivity in your warehouse.
EYESEE in your warehouse in 4 steps:
You will work under the responsibility of the Product Director of the company and in close coordination with the people in charge of the development of the applications. You will be autonomous in your function of drone deployment manager and will join the multidisciplinary team of Darwin Drones.
After training on the company’s solutions, offers and processes, your missions will be:
Minimum training bachelor + 2
You have at least 1 year of experience in the field of logistics:
Your bonus asset:
You know the stakes and processes of the supply chain of companies and the tools used (software and hardware).
You already have experience in the deployment of technological products or services.
Salary: depending on experience.
Localisation: Grenoble – with frequent travel in France & Europe.
Created in 2021 and based in Grenoble, France, Darwin Drones specializes in the development and marketing of industrial logistics automation solutions, particularly by drone.
Darwin Drones also provides services associated with this activity. The company is dedicated to the marketing, support, and software development of the EYESEE solution for the logistics market.
The EYESEE drone inventory solution was designed to simplify and secure the control of stocks and locations of goods stored on pallets in warehouses. It can read any barcodes from a few centimeters to more than 10 meters high. The solution is equipped with many sensors (ZEBRA scanners, camera, geolocation system, autopilot and motion detectors) that allow it to fly autonomously in each logistics aisle.
Our expertise in mechanics, electronics, and software has already seduced many industrialists and logisticians such as L’Oréal Cosmétique Active, DHL, Schneider Electric, Renault Trucks & Log’s.