Figuring out what’s in your warehouse, the place sure gadgets are saved and the place they’re within the manufacturing course of is very helpful info for any producer. However at present, gathering this info is usually completed with barcodes and scanners — and scanning these codes can take up a big a part of a employee’s day.
Blik, which is presenting within the TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin Startup Battlefield in the present day, goals to modernize this course of and make it as palms-off as attainable through the use of a mixture of wi-fi sensors and indoor location monitoring.
The founding group of Bastian Burger (CEO), Victoria Hauzeneder (CTO) and Phillip Eller (CMO) launched the corporate a few yr in the past. On the time, they have been learning on the Technische Universität München (TUM) and dealing intently with BMW by means of a mixture of internships and numerous college packages. The group realized that BMW’s techniques for warehouse logistics left a couple of issues to be desired. The results of this was a primary (and really hacky) model of Blik that principally relied on Raspberry Pi’s and different (largely ZigBee-based mostly) hardware that was principally meant for house automation.
“We began speaking to BMW — however it wasn’t simply BMW that wanted this answer,” Eller advised me. “We realized that there was an enormous want for this monitor and hint know-how.”
To increase past these first protoypes, the Blik group now builds its personal hardware, after having already constructed its personal software program stack. The hardware, which the corporate plans to supply as a part of a software program-as-a-service subscription, combines the sensors that sit on the load carriers contained in the warehouse and an receiver system to obtain the pulses that these sensors emit at common intervals.
To find out the place of a sensor contained in the warehouse (the place GPS doesn’t work and the place Bluetooth isn’t sensible), the group first must scan the warehouse and collect sufficient knowledge to permit for triangulating the place of the sensors. The staff tells me that it may well then decide the place with a few 5-meter accuracy. As a result of the system additionally tracks the gear’s steps by way of the manufacturing course of, that’s greater than sufficient accuracy for many customers. As a result of most of Blik’s potential customers at present use SAP, the group additionally labored intently with SAP to combine their methods, nevertheless it additionally gives an ordinary Relaxation API for many who need to construct their very own integrations.
Along with working inside warehouses, Blik’s customers might additionally set up receivers on their vans to maintain monitor of their merchandise whereas they’re on the street.
Proper now, Blik is usually working with automotive producers like BMW and Volkswagen’s MAN group. In complete, the corporate has signed six offers to date, which usually begin with a two- to 6-month pilot part.
The workforce, which dropped out of school to start out this firm, has acquired about $one hundred seventy,000 in authorities grants and one other $240,000 in income from its pilot tasks with its first customers. The founders, who lately employed their first worker, at the moment are trying to increase further cash to broaden and convey on new customers.
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