DHL Supply Chain deploys latest smart glasses

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DHL Supply Chain is expanding the deployment of Smart Glasses and wearables with the use of second-generation of Glass Enterprise Edition.

The device can virtually support the vision picking process in warehouses, with augmented reality driving a more accurate, productive and efficient picking process.

The use of smart glasses in contract logistics has convinced other DHL business units, with DHL Express planning to use wearables in its hubs.

Smart glasses were pilots at DHL Supply Chain in 2015 before making them a standard in warehouse operations.

Following test runs in the USA, Europe and the UK, they have been rolled out and DHL is now using vision picking, a picking process supported with augmented reality in most geographical regions.

The express division uses smart glasses at its Brussels, Belgium freight hub and at Los Angeles Airport, USA with further deployments planned at New York, Cincinnati and Chicago airports.

Markus Voss, COO and CIO of DHL Supply Chain says: “The possibility of object recognition is also particularly promising for us in industrial applications. With the corresponding software, it is no longer just possible to read out barcodes, locate products and display the corresponding storage compartment; in future, also complex objects can be identified with the smart glasses.”

Improvements to the latest generation of smart glasses include longer battery life, a processor that is twice as fast and shorter charging times.