FlytBase is all set to launch – FlytZip, an on-demand, last-mile aerial delivery software solution at 11:00 CST on July 30, 2021. With FlytZip, drone solution providers (DSPs) would be able to deploy and manage multiple deliveries end to end using the UAV hardware of their choice—an industry first.
Need for Aerial Delivery Service Providers
The last-mile problem in the logistics industry presents numerous challenges in terms of delivery efficiency and customer experience. Fortunately, with the advent of heavy-lift drones, several organizations have begun to tap into the immense potential of automated aerial transport systems to address these issues.
Leveraging drones for commercial purposes, such as delivery, involves customising the hardware and software, getting the necessary regulatory approvals, and extensively training users in operating drone equipment. Various DSPs and system integrators were hence founded to bridge this gap and aid organizations in deploying autonomous aerial delivery systems tailored to their business model and scale of operations.
Problems Faced by DSPs in Delivery
As e-commerce, medical deliveries, and online food services continue to grow and at an exponential rate, reducing the time to market a drone delivery solution becomes critical. However, in the absence of a software solution designed specifically for aerial deliveries, DSPs are forced to either use generic mission-planner applications or build the entire software stack by themselves.
The ideal drone delivery software platform should be able to offer various features for flight safety and remote fleet management, apart from the necessary delivery-specific features such as admin/dispatcher access levels, shipment status, route optimization, and integrations with package-release mechanisms and dropboxes. Developing all these modules and building compatibility with various drone hardware options house, from scratch, can be highly expensive and time-consuming. Furthermore, generic drone software solutions do not offer most of these capabilities.
FlytZip is an affordable, turnkey, and hardware-agnostic software application that allows users (“Operators”) to add off-the-shelf or custom-built drones to their dashboard and execute multiple deliveries simultaneously. Operators have complete administrative control of all the shipments from start to finish: They can add and manage a set of dispatchers, approve and modify orders, configure different drop-off points for multi-package deliveries, monitor drone telemetry, and do much more. Numerous flight safety actions such as pre-flight checks and geofences can also be set for each delivery mission.
Every dispatcher added by the operator has access to a separate order dashboard, where order details such as the pickup and drop locations can be set/modified, recipient information can be added, and order history can be viewed. For each shipment, a delivery route is auto-generated by the system for optimum resource utilization. Further, once a delivery mission starts, the recipient of the package gains access to the live HD video streamed from the drone in transit to their location and can view the status of the shipment.
FlytZip offers seamless integrations with third-party software such as ERP, inventory, and air-traffic management systems (UTMs) and landing platforms such as docking stations and smart storage boxes. It also supports advanced cargo mechanisms such as winch and grip modules for package release.
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