Figuring out what’s in your warehouse, the place sure gadgets are saved and the place they’re within the manufacturing course of is very precious data for any producer. However in the present day, gathering this data is often performed with barcodes and scanners — and scanning these codes can take up a big a part of a employee’s day.
Blik, which is presenting within the TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin Startup Battlefield in the present day, goals to modernize this course of and make it as hands-off as potential by utilizing a mixture of wi-fi sensors and indoor location monitoring.
The founding group of Bastian Burger (CEO), Victoria Hauzeneder (CTO) and Phillip Eller (CMO) launched the corporate a few yr in the past. On the time, they have been learning on the Technische Universität München (TUM) and dealing intently with BMW by means of a mixture of internships and varied college applications. The group realized that BMW’s techniques for warehouse logistics left just a few issues to be desired. The consequence was a primary (and really hacky) model of Blik that largely relied on Raspberry Pis and different (largely ZigBee-based) that was largely meant for dwelling automation.
“We began speaking to BMW — but it surely wasn’t simply BMW that wanted this answer,” Eller instructed me. “We realized that there was a giant want for this monitor and hint expertise.”
To broaden past these first prototypes, the Blik group now builds its personal , after having already constructed its personal software program stack. The , which the corporate plans to supply as a part of a software-as-a-service subscription, combines the sensors that sit on the load carriers contained in the warehouse and a receiver system to obtain the pulses that these sensors emit at common intervals.
To find out the place of a sensor contained in the warehouse (the place GPS doesn’t work and the place Bluetooth isn’t sensible), the group first must scan the warehouse and collect sufficient information to permit for triangulating the place of the sensors. The group tells me that it will probably then decide the place with a few 5-meter accuracy. As a result of the system additionally tracks the gear’s steps by means of the manufacturing course of, that’s greater than sufficient accuracy for many customers. As a result of most of Blik’s potential customers at present use SAP, the group additionally labored intently with SAP to combine their techniques, but it surely additionally gives an ordinary Relaxation API for many who need to construct their very own integrations.
Along with working inside warehouses, Blik’s customers might additionally set up receivers on their vans to maintain monitor of their merchandise whereas they’re on the street.
Proper now, Blik is generally working with automobile producers like BMW and Volkswagen’s MAN group. In complete, the corporate has signed six offers to date, which usually begin with a two- to six-month pilot part.
The group, which dropped out of school to begin this firm, has obtained about $170,000 in authorities grants and one other $240,000 in income from its pilot initiatives with its first customers. The founders, who not too long ago employed their first worker, are actually seeking to increase further cash to broaden and convey on new customers.