The logistics sector faces many challenges. 30% of all deliveries worldwide are later than originally planned. In 2010 goods worth about 850 billion € perished and had to be destroyed because the cold chain was interrupted. Digitalization of supply chains can help avoid these problems.
Germany is the logistics giant in Europe, with annual logistics revenues the size of Britain’s and France’s combined. Deutsche Telekom as leading European Telco and with networks in the US and mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in Brazil and China, is the perfect connectivity partner for logistics companies to digitalize their supply chains. Growing from the connectivity layer into the Internet of Things world, Deutsche Telekom has developed a broad portfolio to support your end-to-end logistics needs. It spans across IoT offers for shipment management and monitoring, asset inventory and automated ordering of incoming and outgoing goods and analytics. “No company can win the digitalization race on its own,” says Stefan Holländer, SVP Partner Management Digital Division at T-Systems International, “that’s why we at Deutsche Telekom combine our strengths with complementary partners to offer our customers the most compelling solutions and services.”
Deutsche Telekom offers two solutions for shipment and monitoring: The Roambee product offering and the Low-Cost Tracker. Both provide transparency and security of the position and condition of goods and shipments. Our Roambee partner products help to create transparency inside warehouses and during transportation. In the container or on pallets, different sensors inside the Roambee devices provide you with detailed real-time information.
The Low-Cost Tracker provides event-based location and shock information during shipment. Small and robust, it is the perfect means to connect, e.g., the EPAL Euro pallet. This year in autumn, Fraunhofer IML and EPAL showcased a new generation of pallets enhanced with Deutsche Telekom’s Low-Cost Tracker. With approximately 500 Million EPAL pallets in Europe alone, there is a huge potential to digitalize the supply chain. “We hold all the technology in our hands to make the Internet of Things come true. However, it is not a question of having these technologies available but making them manageable and affordable. The symbiosis of research and practice in our Telekom Open IoT Lab is currently writing a success story with the low-cost tracker. We can put intelligence into load carriers for just a few euros. The pallet of the future senses whether it is being moved. It knows exactly what is standing on it and will send out an alert if something is wrong. This changes everything and opens up completely new services and business models for logistics," says Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Michael ten Hompel, Managing Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics in Dortmund.
Paperless logistics and automated processes are supported with the IoT Service Button. A simple and practical solution for automatically triggering processes at the push of a button, the device can be easily attached anywhere, optimizing both time and cost. A possible use case includes using the button as a “ready for pickup” trigger in logistics processes.
The Asset Tracker helps companies keep track of their valuable assets. Annually, goods and assets worth up to 57 billion € are stolen. With the help of the Asset Tracker, lost or stolen goods can be quickly localized. Decreased expenses for administration and identification bring companies closer to paperless logistics.
When connected, the devices produce vast amounts of data. With the Data Intelligence Hub, Deutsche Telekom builds the first cross-industry analytics marketplace to enable data-driven insights for better decision making across the entire supply chain. Currently, multiple data silos exist next to each other, hampering the more precise forecast of Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) and improved logistics planning. With the Data Intelligence Hub, Deutsche Telekom provides a neutral, open and secure data market place on which logistics providers can anonymously trade their data. Also, here they can find analytics applications to, e.g., forecast Estimated Time of Arrival. By, e.g., connecting live tracking data with historical and live weather data the DIH provides additional benefits for analytics.
To underline Deutsche Telekom’s strategic approach in logistics, it has entered a partnership with SAP to make digitalization of the supply chain even more simple. 25% of supply chain management software is already sold by SAP today. By combining connectivity, innovative IoT-ready hardware and SAP Leonardo, SAP’s digital innovation system, the partners offer logistics companies an easy, out-of-the box digitalization of their supply chain. For example, significant value can be created in combining planning of production and deliveries with live data instead of historical data. „Logistics Excellence will happen when enterprises connect digitally so that they can perfect reality. This is where the combination of Deutsche Telekom and SAP makes complete sense!”, says Nils Herzberg, SVP Global Head - Strategic Partnerships SAP.
And for customers not yet using SAP and using live data to optimize their logistics planning, Deutsche Telekom offers several packages to ease the transformation toward SAP.
Have a look at the Deutsche Telekom’s IoT solutions for logistics at the 35th International Supply Chain Conference, which will take place from 17th to 19th October in Berlin with the motto “Digitalization meets Reality”. Find us in room Bellevue at booth B/05 and let us help you futureproofing your logistics needs.
Senior Vice President Internet of Things
Ingo Hofacker is responsible for the Internet of Things business at Deutsche Telekom.