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Teleoperation is the use of human operators, manning a station at a command and control center, remote operating a piece of machinery or vehicle from afar. The remote operator has full control over the vehicle, handling the different driving mechanisms like decision making, steering, accelerating, braking and navigating.
To move goods within each warehouse space in our multi-site building at Toll City, industrial trucks (Forklifts, Reach Trucks) are commonly utilised. Each site has its own dedicated fleet of trucks. Like most resources, there are on peak and off peak periods for their utilisation, but often falling on the latter scenario. Therefore, we would like to consider optimizing the utilisation rate of these trucks, which could result in less trucks required overall, by sharing, managing and remote controlling them from a central location.
Most ready to implement teleoperating solutions in the market are retrofitted on autonomous vehicles/forklifts (AV), given the ease and availability of software integration methods (APIs) that are tied to specific control types. The use case is focused mainly to manage exceptions in case of AV breakdowns.
In our case, we like to apply to manually driven industrial branded forklifts only. This meant extra considerations have to be made in terms of installing the right fitted actuators, sensors and cameras to control existing driving mechanism in the manual forklift.
Technological / Performance criteria:
Timeframe: 6-8 months
Potential market / business opportunity: All of Toll warehousing facilities could potentially apply this.
A teleoperating station sitting in innovation centre, that can oversee/control a forklift by a human to move, lift and stack goods:
Toll can provide:
Contact / source: EnterpriseSG Trade and Connectivity - Trade and Connectivity Challenge – 4th Edition (innovation-challenge.sg)
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