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TOPPAN FORMS and Blue innovation Reach an Agreement Regarding Collaboration on the Development and Implementation of Automated Solutions for Inventory Work Pilot test services to begin this fall as the first step

Sep 2, 2019

TOPPAN FORMS CO., LTD.
Blue innovation Co., Ltd.

DigitalHybrid Company TOPPAN FORMS CO., LTD. (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President Koichi Sakata; hereinafter “TOPPAN FORMS”) and Blue innovation Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo; Chief Executive Officer: Takayuki Kumada; hereinafter “Blue innovation”) have reached an agreement to collaborate on the development and implementation of automated solutions for inventory tasks in their warehouse, utilizing drones, robots, RFID and image recognition technologies.
As the first step of this collaboration, the two companies will launch a pilot test service of this system to save manpower during warehouse inventory work by assigning drones to read RFID tags this fall. They will all the partnership to identify issues pertaining to the automation of inventory tasks in warehouse operation sites, and develop the service through practical application.

The manpower shortage is becoming prevarent in the logistics and warehouse industries today. Inventory tasks in warehouses are carried out manually. There is greater demand for automation and increases in efficiency in many areas of operations, including inventory. Also, in large warehouses, workers must use lifts to take inventory in high places reaching 10 meters above the floor. This situation needs to be improved from the perspective of occupational safety and health as well. TOPPAN FORMS has strengths in IoT solutions which can offer a comprehensive system and media such as RFID tags for various uses centering on RFID.
At the same time, Blue innovation’s strengths are in precise indoor automatic flight using the Blue Earth Platform (BEP)*1and their propriatary self-localization technology*1, a subsystem of BEP. BEP allows you to complete operations automatically with one command without the need to set and operate multiple drones each time under the idea, “One Command Full Mission.” As for indoor solutions, Blue innovation developed BI AMY, an indoor flight platform which allows you to develop solutions quickly with a minimum of customization, in June this year. Its self predictive location technology can detect markers with a sensor at accuracy of ±1cm. It is also possible to adjust settings easily solely by attaching markers to the facilities, freely develop indoor solutions, and operate the user-friendly video game like interface. It also includes drones with innovative designs.
TOPPAN FORMS and Blue innovation combine their strengths to develop and implement automated solutions for warehouse inventory tasks that combine drones that can read RFID tags with robots. Through this collaboration, the two companies will contribute to solutions for customers’ issues, and also social issues*2.


  • *1 BEP(Blue Earth Platform): In order to realize an automated society through drones, Blue innovation promotes the development of BEP (the Blue Earth Platform), an infrastructure platform to centrally integrate and manage drone attribute information data obtained from sensors, and carry out optimized tasks using AI and blockchain technology.
    BEP consists of four subsystems: the information integration and management system, server communications system, self predictive location system, and the maneuvering system. The self predictive location system enables precise indoor automatic flight.
    https://www.blue-i.co.jp/advantage/bep/
  • *2 Below are the content to be confirmed by the pilot test service.

Reference information

■ TOPPAN FORMS
  • Name:
    TOPPAN FORMS CO., LTD.
  • Head office:
    1-7-3 Higashi shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
  • Established:
    May 1955
  • Representative:
    President Koichi Sakata
  • Description of business:
    TOPPAN FORMS boasts strengths in the information domain, which is centered on information, contributing to the improvement of operational efficiency to support corporate activities. By utilizing its advantages, TOPPAN FORMS works on the creation of new value as a DigitalHybrid company that is capable of providing products and services in the analog and digital domains.
  • URL:
    https://www.toppan-f.co.jp/english/
■ Blue innovation
  • Name:
    Blue innovation Co., Ltd.
  • Head office:
    Ichigo Hongo Bldg 4F, 5-33-10 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
  • Established:
    June 10, 1999
  • Representative:
    Takayuki Kumada, Chief Executive Officer
  • Description of business:
    With the vision of becoming a global company that contributes to the world through drones and robots, Blue innovation is a pioneer in providing advanced drone service. Based on the Blue Earth Platform (BEP), a base platform for carrying out remote control and integrated management of multiple drones and robots, it provides services in five fields: inspection, security, logistics, education and safety, and entertainment.
  • URL:
    https://www.blue-i.co.jp/en/
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