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InVia warehouse software helps workers maintain safe distances

Steve Rogerson
May 20, 2020



Warehouse managers and workers can receive automatic alerts when safe distances are breached using the latest software from Californian warehouse automation firm InVia Robotics.
 
The company has added social distancing to its InVia Logic software and InVia PickMate user tool. The features proactively keep workers at a safe distance from each other and notify both warehouse workers and management if that distance is breached.
 
This should help businesses immediately enact safety-first measures as the economies start cautiously to reopen, and have them in place as firms navigate towards a new normal.
 
With InVia Logic, users already had access to a real-time 3D warehouse simulation view that shows them the location of each labour point in the warehouse. That view has now been enhanced to emphasise when workers have breached a safe zone of two metres. The system also sends them a proactive alert, and the data are included in their labour-management reporting. The distance calculation can be easily modified as guidelines for safe distancing are revised.
 
Workers are also protected on the warehouse floor through PickMate, which is a user tool within InVia Logic that guides workers through fulfilment tasks. The app works on any smart device, and it sends a notification to the user when they've moved out of a safe zone.
 
The software and full robotic automation system are both available through a robotics-as-a-service (RaaS) model, where users only pay a monthly subscription for automation services. There's no upfront expenditure, and all updates – such as safe distancing – are included.
 
"We listened to our customers who are concerned about how to keep their ecommerce fulfilment running without disruption but also want to ensure safety for their people," said Lior Elazary, co-founder and chief executive officer of InVia Robotics. "This can be implemented immediately and can easily be adapted to address new workplace concerns as they arise."
 
InVia Robotics provides warehouse automation to help ecommerce businesses move products through fulfilment centres more efficiently with mobile robots and AI-driven software.