Carsten Funke, CSO
Remember E.D.I.T.H, the AI/AR-based smart glasses that Tony Stark bequeaths to Peter Parker in Spiderman: Far from Home movie? It was a pivotal moment in the plotline when Peter puts on the glasses, and the UI lights up, bringing an ocean of data before his eyes and granting him access to Stark’s information database and telecommunication networks. The scene leaves us wondering if such capabilities can indeed be packed into a mere pair of glasses. It also prompts the question; can such futurist technologies really exist today? Picavi, a well-known software developer and innovator from Germany, has proven that with the right blend of creativity and innovation, it is certainly possible to make science-fiction come true.
Notably, the company is harnessing the power of AR to blaze a trail through the logistics world and enabling users to navigate the complexities of the warehouse management technology. Picavi’s pick-by-vision concept is designed to simplify the work of warehouse personnel and enhance their performance. It combines comprehensive intralogistics and wearables know-how with extensive IT expertise to enhance warehouse management, thus maximising productivity and reducing errors. “Our pick-by-vision smart glasses offer a 100 percent contactless solution for warehouses,” says Carsten Funke, the CEO of Picavi USA.
Especially with the current paradigm shift sparked by COVID-19, Picavi’s solution fits the bill for a healthy, hands-free workspace. And taking its pandemic-proof practices one step further, Picavi is also supporting 100 percent remote rollouts of this solution to eliminate the need for technicians to visit the warehouse.
The pick-by-vision smart glasses act as an intelligent beacon for warehouse workers to navigate the logistics landscape. By projecting a virtual, transparent display in front of the eye, the glasses transmit all the essential data (parking space, article number, number of picks) in real-time. Additionally, the glasses synchronise with Bluetooth-compatible ring or glove scanners to record the barcodes on shipments, allowing warehouse workers to further streamline their work. “It is an intuitive system that allows the users to visualise the various steps in the logistics process, making them simple and easy,” states Funke.
What unfolds the full potential of these AR glasses is the Picavi Cockpit, a robust platform that acts as ‘a smart guide in the logistics jungle.’ The platform is more than just an administration and visualisation tool. It is the perfect symbiosis of modern technology and natural movements with power controllers to facilitate seamless warehouse operations.
With its robust mobile device management (MDM), Picavi Cockpit enables warehouses to measurably improve process performance in the workspace. The platform uses data analytics to process the information collected from the sensors mounted on the smart glasses. The information is then converted into insights, allowing clients to define customer-specific KPIs such as picks per hour, picks per location, ABC analysis, and monitor them on dashboards easily. The sensors integrated into the smart glasses also record the movement patterns of the pickers, ensuring accurate storage of orders.
Our pick-by-vision smart glasses offer a 100 percent contactless solution for warehouses
The intuitiveness of the pick-by-vision solution can be further exemplified by its ability to address the shortcomings of conventional picking processes. In today’s globalised market, warehouses receive shipments from all over the world. As a result, employees often find it challenging to decipher shipment information written in non-native languages. Unlike pick-by-voice and other techniques, Picavi’s pick-by-vision solution intelligently sidesteps the language barriers by utilising easy-to-understand symbols. For instance, the smart glasses use the ‘red cross’ or ‘green check’ to guide the workers, eliminating the need for unnecessary and time-consuming translations. This aspect also makes the pick-by-vision concept easier to decrypt, and hence, faster to adopt. Moreover, Picavi’s IT-friendly interfaces are compatible with all the WMS and ERP systems. And, the company’s onboarding projects take less than seven weeks from Kick-Off to Go-Live.
This flexible and seamless integration options offered by Picavi have greatly benefited many clients in their warehouse management. To illustrate this aspect, Funke recalls an instance when Picavi collaborated with one of the largest 3PL providers worldwide. The logistics company was facing a seasonal surge in work processes and had to employ additional temporary workers in their warehouses. The client had significant issues with their pick-by-voice system, and it took them an extremely long time to train the new employees. That was when they decided to conduct a proof of concept with Picavi’s cutting-edge pick-by-vision solution. All it took was 15 minutes to train the newcomers, and besides, the employees were thrilled with the smart glasses. In the first week itself, the client witnessed a 20 percent rise in productivity. As a result, the client decided to do a worldwide rollout of the Picavi’s solution, in all their warehouses. To this day, the client has reduced errors by more than 30 percent and significantly enhanced the overall warehouse productivity.
“The reception of our product by such clients have only bolstered my belief that our technology is the future of warehousing,” says Funke. The capabilities of Picavi are strongly backed by a technology that combines the best of emerging technologies. The next step for the company is to integrate AI, indoor navigation, and cloud technology to further push the boundaries of augmented reality. The future is here, and Picavi is at the helm of it!