The global ground handler partnered with Gather AI, a US-based technology start-up, as part of continued investment in technologies to maximise efficiency, reports London's Air Cargo News.
Gather AI's software enables the drones to map the environment, collect inventory data, count cases, measure temperature, and read barcodes using only their cameras, without the need for any additional active infrastructure.
The drones are paired to a tablet device providing live inventory data. The collected data can be viewed directly on the tablet or the web, via a user-friendly application.
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. The company plans to gradually roll out the drones across its global cargo network in the next years.
Guillaume Crozier, dnata's divisional vice president for operations and product development, said: '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.'
Sankalp Arora, Gather AI's co-founder and chief robotics engineer, said: 'Our drones gather label reads, inventory counts, temperature and volumetric data using AI, providing traceability across operations while providing exceptions against the facility inventory software.
'This transparency coupled with near-real-time visibility brings the power of analytics to physical spaces, minimising revenue leakage while helping develop trust across operations.'