Drone System Components

Understand the hardware and software components of the automated drone system

The Ware drone system consists of multiple hardware and software components, listed below.

Hardware

The Ware drone system consists of the following hardware components:

Skydio 2 Drone System

  • Batteries for Skydio 2
  • USB-C wall charger for batteries
  • SD Card (should always remain inserted inside drone)
  • Cleaning cloth for Skydio 2 navigation cameras

Nest

The Nest is the area where the drone's batteries charge, where the NUC is plugged into power and ethernet, and is the general at-rest point for all Ware hardware in the facility.
  • Charging station for Skydio 2 batteries and mobile device (USB-C cables and chargers)
  • NUC computer connected to internet to upload imagery from Skydio 2

Never touch the Power button on the computer. The computer should always remain on so that Ware can access it.

Navigation and Localization System

  • Launch pad
  • Localization tags (stickers) for racking

Software

The Ware system consists of the following software components:

Skydio 2 App for mobile devices

Available on both iOS and Android.

iOS - App Store

Android - Play Store

Ware Skill

Accessed from inside the Skydio 2 App.

Ware Software

The main Ware software for accessing inventory reports, images, drone management, and more. Available at portal.getware.com on a Chrome web browser

 


Detailed Description of Components

Skydio 2

The drone.

skydio-2

Drone Batteries

Batteries that power the drone. They’re magnetic and pop right into the drone. They take 65 minutes to fully charge (each).

 

USB-C Wall charger for drone

Either a single or dual-charger that allows for battery charging.

 

SD card

Your Skydio 2 drone should always have an SD card in it. If you attempt to fly without an SD card, the Skydio 2 app will alert you.

 

Mobile device

An Android or iOS device. Always keep this device charged so that you may fly at any time.

 

Cleaning cloth

Before every flight, ensure you wipe each of the 6 navigation cameras on Skydio 2 clean so that the drone can fly safely.

 

Ware Skill

This is our custom Ware Skill that tells the drone to fly autonomously around your racking and take pictures. We give you access to run it via the Skydio 2 App.

 

Nest

This is where your drone lives and batteries are recharged. The NUC (computer) is stationed here. There should be power and wired Ethernet connections. Desks and tables are fine for your first Nests.

Nest and Drone at rest - Ware

NUC (Computer)

This small black box is a computer (called a NUC) and should always remain plugged into power and Ethernet so that it can communicate through your facility’s internet to the Ware servers and transfer the images your drone captures. NUC's live at Nests.

 

Launch Pad

The flat, white plastic board with 2 large navigation tags (they look like QR codes). This is meant for the drone to take off from and land onto. Ensure that the “FRONT” of the Launch Pad is always pointed to the front of the side of the aisle you want to scan first and that the front of the drone is also aligned to the “FRONT” of the Launch Pad.

When placing the Launch Pad on the floor, ensure it is centered in the aisle. Align the Launch Pad “FRONT” with the rack’s column that you wish to start the flight to.

Drone on launchpad - Ware

 

Localization Tags (stickers)

These tags are what are affixed to the storage racks in your facility. They look like QR codes and are used in the Data Processing phase of the Ware workflow to associate each image with the appropriate bin location.

 

Skydio 2 app

This is our partner, Skydio’s, app for flying the Skydio 2 drone. It is available on iOS and Android.

iOS - App Store

Android - Play Store

Skydio 2 App - Ware

Ware Portal

https://portal.getware.com - used to access inventory reports from Ware.