Japan: Drone will buzz shelves at Chiba library to check book inventory

(11 Apr 2020) A drone will soon be flying through the shelves of a city library here, but it won’t be disturbing the concentration of patrons or interfering with the daily operation.

Instead, the drone and artificial intelligence (AI) will be adapted to eliminate the troublesome, time-consuming task of regularly examining books at libraries imposed on human staff.

A verification test of the new automation tool to improve efficiency and reduce burden on librarians has started with an eye on “halving the time currently required for checking” at Funabashi city’s west library in the Nishifuna 1-chome district.

Find out more from The Asahi Shimbun here.