Flying warehouse drones are in the works by Singapore's Infinium RoboticsCNBC.com
The company got its start coordinating drones for aerial displays and later attempted to apply drone technology use in food service, although this proved to be challenging. Today, Infinium focuses on providing robotics solutions in the warehouse and logistics sector.
"We are focused on indoor applications (for) very practical purposes because for outdoor applications, we have to deal with regulations. We have to deal with issues like privacy as well (but) if you fly drones indoors, you do away with all these issues," Junyang Woon, founder and CEO of Infinium Robotics, tells CNBC's "Managing Asia."
The former Republic of Singapore Navy officer became fascinated by drone technology after seeing how it was used in the military domain and wanted to explore how these solutions could be used in the commercial domain.
Although indoor drone applications allow users to bypass regulations, they create their fair share of challenges too.
As Infinium's warehouse drones operate indoors -- where GPS signals are weaker -- the company had to commit additional investments to develop positioning technology to improve indoor navigation.
The technology will help warehouses save on costs related to inventory that would have otherwise been written off each year. "You're talking about hundreds of millions or trillions of cost savings for this entire industry," Woon says, adding that adopting the use of drones is a "very natural step" that makes businesses more efficient.
For now, the start-up is based in its home market. Woon says Infinium will be using Singapore as a springboard to the rest of the world, due to the city-state's reputation for being a logistics and distribution hub for MNCs.
"We're trying to beat everyone," Woon says of his competitors, "And so far, we have a drone that is fully autonomous indoors in warehouse(s)."