Katharina Berthold

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 …

“Our goal is completely autonomous flying inventory multicopters”

Interview with Erik Wirsing, the innovation leader at DB Schenker

“Our goal is completely autonomous flying inventory multicopters”

logistics aktuell interviewed Erik Wirsing, the global innovation leader at DB Schenker, on the experiences gained from tests with inventory drones and how he assesses the importance of this technology for the future. logistik aktuell: Hello Mr. Wirsing, what do you expect from the current flight tests of the inventory multicopter in selected warehouses at DB Schenker? Erik Wirsing: Our goal in …

Flying high: Quadrocopters help with stock-taking

Flying high: Quadrocopters help with stock-taking

Drones permit stock-taking procedures in warehouses to be simplified considerably or even completely automated. The small, unmanned aircraft are ideal for carrying out visual inspections in high-bay warehouses. The use of flying drones to deliver packages failed in real-life conditions due to insurmountable technical and legal hurdles. Although this will remain the case for a long time to come, it …

9 future scenarios for urban space

9 future scenarios for urban space

Wolfgang Lehmacher is a textbook author, entrepreneur and Director of Supply Chain and Transport Industries at the World Economic Forum and has recently described scenarios regarding the change in urban space in various publications. We have compiled a selection and short description of these designs for the future, which will also have extensive effects on logistics: Building automation …