Barcode mapping in warehouses

Title Barcode mapping in warehouses
Summary Using barcode detection and decoding for mapping the infrastructure and inventory of warehouses
Keywords Barcode, Inventory, Mapping
TimeFrame January 2015 until June 2015, with possible extension until September 2015.
References AIMS-project,

ROS - Robot Operating System,

ZBar bar code reader,

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G Meng, S Darman, “Label and Barcode Detection in Wide Angle Image”, Master Thesis, Halmstad University, Sweden,

Prerequisites Image analysis, programming skills (preferably C++ or Python).
Supervisor Björn Åstrand, Saeed Gholami Shahbandi
Level Master
Status Open

This project [as a subset of AIMS project], targets the automation of forklift trucks in warehouse environments. The aim is to design a system for mapping of barcodes in a warehouse setting. Barcodes of interests are those located on pallet racks (beams) for identification of pallet rack cells and those located on individual boxes of different articles located on pallets. The goal is to generate a map (metric) of positions of barcodes found in the warehouse. The study also includes a comparison between a commercial barcode reader (from Cognex) and a custom built system based on a Gigabit camera (Prosilica) and a open source software for barcode detection (Zbar). Preferable the solutions are designed as ROS-packages.

Resources: Facilities for data logging, cameras, barcode readers, laboratory equipped with a forklift truck for experiments, data logging equipment.

RQ: Which system is best suited for bar code mapping in a warehouse? How can these systems be improved for faster and more accurate map building?

WP1: Literature review and data acquisition. WP2: Develop methods for barcode mapping using the different systems. WP3: Comparison study and development of improvements of the different systems. WP4: [bonus] conference publication (ETFA, ECMR, TAROS) Deliverable: an implementation and demonstration of the developed system for bar-code mapping using data acquired in a real warehouse.