UPS Drone Logistics – Presented by Julio Gil, UPS at the Cargo Innovation Conference, which takes place on June 14, 2017, at Maaspoort, Venlo, The Netherlands.
It’s unusual that UPS publishes its efforts in technology development, preferring to surprise its customers with service improvements that are ready for widespread deployment, but in the past few years we’ve been sharing with the public some of the most significant drone technology projects we’ve been working on. Those are the humanitarian project of the UPS Foundation in Rwanda, and the parcel delivery trials in Boston (US) and in Florida (US).
About Julio Gil
Julio has been working in logistics for 20 years now, 15 of them at UPS, most of them as a logistics engineer. He was Engineering Manager in UPS Europe for 9 years, which were spent trying to bring about change and improvements to our operations, as well as drive innovation and new technology.
He started working on drone use cases and concepts back in January 2014 and the company had the first test flights that same year. In May 2015 UPS bought the first test unit and Julio started testing it in its facility in Herkenbosch, Netherlands, becoming the facto the first drone pilot in UPS history. After that, the project was handed over to the Corporate Autonomous Systems team, but Julio has been keeping in touch with the progress made and was proud to hear about the kickoff of the drone project of the UPS Foundation in Rwanda last year.
As an inventor, Julio has devised a new drone technological concept that was eventually turned into a patent by UPS, and now have another two patents in progress in fields as different as augmented reality or labelling technology.
Now transferred to the Healthcare Integration team, he’s currently managing projects at different stages of completion, in the field of 3D printing, smartglasses applications (augmented reality applied to logistics operations) and of course, drones.
UPS is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.
The logistics industry is gearing up for possibly the biggest challenge in its history. Still in its infancy, research and development projects into unmanned cargo initiatives and smart logistics are aiming to bring about massive disruptions in the global transportation industry throughout the entire logistics value chain.
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