UAE’s dnata unveils innovative drone technology to improve cargo services

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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One of the world’s largest air services providers, UAE-based Dubai National Air Transport Association (dnata) has revealed that it continues to invest in cutting-edge technology to increase productivity and provide the best services to its clients.

The company has collaborated with Gather AI, a US-based technology startup, and launched autonomous drones in its Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) warehouses,  in order to digitize acceptance and warehouse inventory operations by monitoring shipments with 99.8 percent accuracy.

Gather AI’s cutting-edge software allows drones to map the environment, collect inventory data, count cases, measure temperature, and read barcodes all using their cameras, without the need of active infrastructure.

The drones are connected to a tablet device to display real-time inventory information. The collected data can be viewed directly on the tablet or the web, through a user-friendly application.

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“We are excited to introduce leading-edge drone technology in our operations to take cargo handling to the next level. Our partner’s autonomous drones and inventory management platform provides greater transparency across our entire operations. This new technology, combined with our strong cargo product expertise, enables us to significantly enhance efficiency and mitigate the risk of revenue leakage throughout the customer journey. We continue to adopt the latest technologies to deliver world-class value for our partners at every stage of the cargo handling process.”

According to the statement, “The drones can operate at temperatures as low as -10 Celsius degrees, enabling dnata to take advantage of the technology in its state-of-the-art cool chain facilities, too.” Further, dnata intends to gradually roll out the drones across its global freight network in the coming years.

Recently, dnata joined the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) 25by2025 initiative that intends to advance gender diversity in the aviation industry.

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