Katharina Berthold

Chinese Eco-cities with German Energy Policy

Chinese Eco-cities with German Energy Policy

Smog, mountains of waste, and contaminated tap water - China urgently needs to make its cities greener and produce fewer emissions. In order to test the energy transition, the German Energy Agency (DENA) is helping with work on selected eco-cities in selected Chinese model city districts. German know-how and high tech encounter fast-growing mega-cities and innovative urbanites in China. Tianjin is …

Smart picking with augmented reality glasses

Smart picking with augmented reality glasses

At DB Schenker, much is being developed and tested in the field of digitization, preferably in our own Enterprise Lab. Ideas are becoming concrete pilot projects. Now, digital technology has made it into the workday of DB Schenker employees: At the logistics center in Bremen, employees have been working with Google Glasses since May 2019. At the Rodgau site, the launch of a similar pilot project for …

The desire for something new: The Mobility Transition needs behavioural change

The Future of Our Cities – Challenging Urbane Logistics (Part 3/3)

The desire for something new: The Mobility Transition needs behavioural change

It is difficult for most people to change embedded behaviour. The longer a routine is exercised, the less often it is challenged. One of the best examples is the daily route to work. But the urban mobility transition requires considerable personal behavioural changes of townspeople and commuters. These inconsistent imaginary worlds often bounce off each other. Thus the way to the urban traffic reversal …

What does the status quo of Urban Logistics say about the future?

The Future of Our Cities – The Urban Logistics Challenge (Part 2/3)

What does the status quo of Urban Logistics say about the future?

In the first part of our series "Urban Mobility Challenges", we looked at possible urban logistics scenarios in 2030. In the second part, we focus on the latest figures on urban logistics in Germany and the forecasts derived from them. The BVL has published a dossier on this topic. In addition, we will explain why it is almost impossible to make longer-term transport forecasts. Logistics traffic is …

Live case study: “A Win-Win Situation for Doctoral Students and DB Schenker”

Live case study: “A Win-Win Situation for Doctoral Students and DB Schenker”

DB Schenker promotes young scientists in the logistics field. The annual Summer School of the Graduate School of Logistics (GSofLog) at the TU Dortmund has now completed its third live case study at a DB Schenker contract logistics location. We present the live cases and talk to Gerald Müller, Vice President of Process and Efficiency Management at DB Schenker. The Graduate School of Logistics at the …

Turnaround: German Mobility Award 2019

Turnaround: German Mobility Award 2019

At the beginning of August, the ten winners of the German Mobility Award 2019 were announced. We are presenting three winning projects and highlight this year's motto of the award: "Intelligent travelling: moving people - connecting living spaces" With the German Mobility Award, the initiative "Germany - Land of Ideas" and the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) make …

The exoskeletons are coming: Robots to wear?

The exoskeletons are coming: Robots to wear?

Today, servomotors make it easier for us to drive cars. In a few years’ time exoskeletons will be strapped on to do physically demanding work. Especially when it comes to the repeated lifting of heavy loads, the servomotors of the supporting 'outer skeleton' offer real relief. 'Maloche 4.0', so to say: thanks to the latest sensor and actuator technology, heavy work becomes much easier and more …

Digitalization and e-commerce in Africa: Africa makes leaps and has its first unicorn

Digitalization and e-commerce in Africa: Africa makes leaps and has its first unicorn

So far, Amazon has found Africa a hard nut to crack just as much as its Chinese competitor Alibaba. After all, the (non-existent) infrastructure of the Central African states is a major obstacle for e-commerce. How to order if landline connections are missing? How to pay online when most people do not have a bank account? Jumia tries anyway and likes to call itself the Amazon of Africa. Founded …

Digitization: Japan wants to become Society 5.0

Digitization: Japan wants to become Society 5.0

Germany has coined the slogan 'Industry 4.0'. Japan responds with its initiative of 'Society 5.0'. Did we miss a step in the development? What does Japan expect from the digital networking of a society? Even though Society 5.0 sounds a little bit extravagant, Japan's visions of a digitally networked society should be taken seriously. On the one hand, because Japan will be hosting the Olympic Games …

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