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Mantis innovates with the only real-life Vision Picking solution


The modern era of artificial intelligence has been dubbed »The 4th Industrial Revolution« and is rapidly transforming every aspect of logistics. In this dynamic environment, Mantis leads the way, by offering integrated solutions and sophisticated systems that optimize the operation of modern distribution centers.

At the heart of these distribution centers, lies the process oforder picking, with a cost that can amount to up to 65% of the total cost of operations. The optimization of picking requires the constant adoption of innovative ideas and solutions that increase productivity and effectiveness, minimize errors and enhance security.

The only formula that has historically been shown to improve on all these aspects is the reinforcement of the synergy between humans and technology. This reinforcement is achieved by bringing technology closer to the people, while ensuring that their interaction is as natural as possible, so that technology complements the person’s abilities, rather than hindering them.

VVR by Mantis: the only real-life solution for Vision Picking

To strengthen the synergy between humans and technology,MantisdevelopedVVR - Vision Voice RFID, a solution which utilizes the capabilities of three cutting-edge technologies.

VVRconsists ofsmart glasses, advanced speech recognition algorithms and wearable RFID devices, a combination which literally frees the hands of the warehouse workers, increasing their performance dramatically.

Specifically, the user wears the devices instead of holding them, as they would do with the traditional RF terminals, and interacts with them visually and vocally, without needing to type or press buttons at all. Therefore, they enjoytotal freedom of movementand their work becomes less stressful and more productive.

It is worth mentioning thatVVR speech recognitionallows the system to be operated via voice commands even invery noisy environments, and also thatVVRexhibitsa very short and frictionless learning curve, a crucial factor to the successful adoption of any solution.

Finally,VVR's utilization of wearable devices, which are less likely to fall and be damaged in comparison to handheld terminals, results in substantial cost-savings for equipment maintenance.

Mantis' plethora of successful installations is a testament to its expertise withVoice PickingandPick to Lightsolutions, but in addition to that,Mantishas always strived to offer the most advanced solutions to its customers.VVRis a product ofMantis' dedication to innovation, that is proposed as an alternative and cost-effective picking solution, designed to compete on an equal basis with the traditional picking methods.

VVRexcels in the facts that it does not require expensive and time-consuming installation and maintenance, that it is capable of multi-modal operation (vision and voice), which reduces both the probability of errors and the required mental effort, and that it does not require matching the equipment with specific users. The employees simply put an availableVVRset on and can start picking immediately.

»An image is a thousand words«is the most accurate description of theVVRexperience, which is only made possible by the combination of ergonomic equipment with theVision Pickingapplication, that has been designed in-house byMantisaccording to its extensive experience, as well as international specifications for smart glasses applications (Google, etc.). Finally, it is worth noting thatVVRintegrates withMantis' WMS systemnatively, without third-party software, significantly reducing the overall cost of the solution while also improving the system's responsiveness.

VVR by Mantis is the only real-life picking solution with smart glasses that is currently available globally

Many other solutions are based on technologies that are still immature for the long and intensive usage of the demanding environment of distribution centers and end up hindering instead of facilitating the workers. They often fail to provide the immediate response time that is required by neuralgic applications, which employees will be interacting with for 8 hours every day. Additionally, computer vision-based systems tend to overly rely on the visual depiction of information on the head-mounted display (HUD), causing severe eyestrain and also, due to the fact that they require high processing power, the user is often forced to work strapped with cables.

VVRrevolutionizesPick to Cart,Put WallandCase Pickingsolutions and adds toMantis' multi-year course as one more proof of the company's commitment to innovation.

With its headquarters in Athens Greece,Mantisisa major WMS software vendor in Europe. With more than 450 clients, it has a worldwide presence with offices in theUSA,Canada,Poland,Romania,Cyprus,IsraelandTurkeyas well as a wide network of affiliates with strong local support inalmost all of Eastern Europe,Israel,UAE,RussiaandThailand. As part of its growing customer base and software functionality,Mantishas successfully expanded toNorth Americathrough the acquisition ofInsight Technologies Group.

VVRbyMantishas already been implemented in real environments and has been studied in collaboration with theSchool of Financial and Management Engineeringof theUniversity of the Aegean. The results of the study have been presented in two conferences and will soon be published in multiple scientific magazines. The study will also be included inKogan's Supply Chain Collective Volume(Supply Chain 4.0 - Improving supply chains with analytics and Industry 4.0 technologies), which will be released internationally soon.

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