PINC, a provider of yard management and supply chain execution solutions, has been cleared by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct commercial drone operations of its PINC Air unmanned aircraft system (UAS).
PINC Air is an aerial sensor platform that operates outdoors and indoors to efficiently inventory hard-to-reach assets by using an array of sensors.
“This is a major milestone in the development of PINC Air,” says Matt Yearling, CEO of PINC. “With the FAA’s primary concern being safety, this exemption grant supports our design goal of safely collecting supply chain inventory data in industrial environments – away from any residential areas.
“PINC Air operates in geo-fenced commercial zones, under the supervision of qualified personnel, while following a pre-programmed path to ensure safety and effectiveness,” he explains.
About a year ago, the company introduced PINC Air as a drone that provides the ability to survey a wide area to autonomously locate and inventory assets. Ideal applications include tracking trailers, finished vehicles, heavy machinery and oil exploration supplies.
Terry Miller, president of UAS insurance brokerage Transport Risk Management Inc., comments, “We feel strongly that the technology, training and operational professionalism employed by PINC will serve to revolutionize the supply chain industry.”
PINC also recently teamed up with Kenco, a provider of integrated logistics solutions, real estate services and material handling equipment, to explore the potential of deploying PINC Air for yard management at Kenco distribution facilities.