Katharina Berthold

Inauguration of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge – Stretching far beyond the horizon

Inauguration of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge – Stretching far beyond the horizon

On October 23, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge was officially opened. How does it change the region and what impact does it have on transport, logistics and the economic development? With a total of 36 kilometers of bridge system, several artificial islands and a 7-kilometer-long marine tunnel, the  Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge has everything a superlative building needs. It is definitely a …

Current Infrastructure Projects: London Crossrail – Digging tunnels across London

Current Infrastructure Projects: London Crossrail – Digging tunnels across London

One of Europe's largest railway infrastructure projects is almost completed. The London Crossrail, better known as Elizabeth Line – that will be the name of the route after the opening - crosses the entire city center of London from east to west with a distance of 21.6 kilometers. But that's just the underground part. Above ground it goes west out of the city to Reading in Berkshire. In addition, there …

Current Infrastructure Projects: Frankfurt Airport: Fraport is building Terminal 3

Current Infrastructure Projects: Frankfurt Airport: Fraport is building Terminal 3

What would Frankfurt be without its airport? As a logistics hub, it is the number one in Europe: with approximately 2.2 million tons, Frankfurt Airport has the largest cargo volume of all European airports and the eighth highest in the world. Regarding passenger traffic, it is the fourth largest airport in Europe, after London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Schiphol. With the …

Singapore and Hangzhou: Asian Smart Cities

Singapore and Hangzhou: Asian Smart Cities

Much is talked about that our cities should be smart. The Asians are already a few steps ahead on the way to the Smart Cities. There, they are already in the process of building it. Singapore with its state-driven Smart Nation Initiative is the most advanced Smart City. But China is hot on its heels. For example, Hangzhou has a City Brain, which is made possible by the Alibaba Cloud. And this City …

One step ahead of the present: Anticipatory logistics using AI and predictive analytics

One step ahead of the present: Anticipatory logistics using AI and predictive analytics

Taking predictive analytics a step further, that is anticipatory logistics or anticipatory logistics. Still, the concept of this promising AI application is often more theory than practice. But it has great potential to make the supply chain faster, more flexible and at the same time more robust. We explain what is meant by the terms and where the fields of application are in logistics. Is it possible …

“Off to the IoT with you!” Cargo tracking for warehouse and transportation

“Off to the IoT with you!” Cargo tracking for warehouse and transportation

How does the Internet of Things help to track goods in real time and over long periods of time? Which network infrastructure does the Internet of Things require so that there is still reception all the way into the buildings? If an item is to be represented on the Internet, at least an ID must be transmitted. This can also happen passively via barcode, so you know that barcode X passed scanner Y at …

The challenge of indoor navigation

The challenge of indoor navigation

The new version of the 'Smart Transport Robot' shows just how clever indoor navigation can be today: The smart AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle System) responds to obstacles and optimizes its route locally, instead of driving down dull artificial landmarks. Already in 2016, the original version of the "Smart Transport Robot" (STR) was created as part of the »BMW Enterprise Lab for Flexible Logistics«. …

Artificial Intelligence launches a revolution in transport and logistics

Artificial Intelligence launches a revolution in transport and logistics

Currently, the topic of 'Artificial Intelligence' is booming in all business areas. But where does the hype come from? How long has there been research on it? What benefits does AI bring to logistics? And why is artificial intelligence currently so popular among logisticians right now? Human-like decision-making Artificial intelligence dates back to the 1950s. As early as 1956, John McCarthy coined …

The face of AGV

The human-machine interaction has a digital face

The face of AGV

Automated guided vehicles or transport systems (AGV) are currently one of the major topics in intralogistics. The German Engineering Federation (FDMA) also responded at the beginning of the year by founding its own specialist department for AGV. Because with the rapidly increasing product developments for this market also questions about safety technology and standardization become …