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DHL and T-Systems looking for solutions to optimise freight volume
T-Systems, the business customer segment of Deutsche Telekom, and the DHL Innovation Center, the research centre of Deutsche Post World Net, have begun their joint search for an innovative means of optimising the freight volume of the logistics company’s 120,000 vehicles. With goods transport increasing all over the world, freight volume information is a key factor in achieving more efficiency in logistics. Such optimisations can result in both lower costs and reduced CO2 emissions. “If the control centre can use satellite technology to keep track of the vehicles' location at all times as well as what their current freight volume is, the dispatchers will be able to keep vehicle capacity utilisation at a maximum, which will enable us to reduce the number of trips,” explains Dr. Keith Ulrich, director of the DHL Innovation Center.
The company that comes up with the best solution will have the chance to realise its concept along with T-Systems at the DHL Innovation Center. The winning idea will have to be well defined and capable of being brought to market in a short period of time. “A high level of logistics expertise on the one hand and a high level of technology expertise on the other combined with the creative, innovative force of a young company - that's a strong combination that we can use to sustainably optimise logistics processes with satellite technology,” says Ralf Nejedl, head of Galileo and satellite applications at T-Systems.
The winner will thus need to demonstrate more than technological sophistication; innovative and business potential will be at least as crucial. DHL transports over 40 million tons of road freight alone every year. The special topic prize winner will have to present a sound business model, ideally with a modular structure that can be expanded to include further means of transport, such as ships and aircraft.
Solutions from all over the world can be submitted until 31st July at
Note: An interview with Dr. Keith Ulrich and Ralf Nejedl is available at www.t-systems.com/.... Information on the DHL Innovation Center can be found at www.dhl-innovation.com.
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Information on the European Satellite Navigation Competition
The European Satellite Navigation Competition is an international innovation competition that awards the best ideas for innovative applications in the field of satellite navigation. Organised annually since 2004 by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen and SYSTEMS, the ESNC is oriented toward companies, entrepreneurs, research institutes, universities, and private individuals. Since its inception, the competition has grown from including three partner regions to 13 high-tech regions of Europe: Bavaria, Hesse, Baden-Württemberg, Nice / Sophia Antipolis, Prague, South Holland, Madrid, Lombardy, Great Britain, and this year’s new regions, Queensland / Australia, Taipei / Taiwan, Lower Saxony, and North Rhine-Westphalia.
The goal of the ESNC is to continue to strengthen the international collaboration of these regions, particularly with regard to the development of applications and services made possible by the European satellite navigation system Galileo. The ESNC is carried out under the patronage of the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport, and Technology with the support of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
The overall winner – the GALILEO Master – will be awarded along with the special prize winners and the 13 regional winners on October 21, 2008 at a state reception to be held at the Munich Residenz. They will also have the chance to present their ideas and applications to a wide audience of ICT decision-makers from October 21-24 at this year’s SYSTEMS trade show in Munich.