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Moving with Confidence

In Europe some three quarters of all freight is transported by trailer truck. Imagine if we could track the goods in those trailers with such precision that their location triggered the production of other goods farther down the supply chain.

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Logistics Bridge Case

Suddenly, the conversation shifts. It’s no longer about automated production at one facility; it’s about integrated supply chain processes between multiple facilities in different cities across the country – or continent.

Our solution takes the humble QR Code and makes it self-aware.

What if we made tracking so precise that we could rely on product delivery as dependably as we rely on items moving down a conveyer belt?

Mark Albrecht, our Head of Innovation, explains how improved, automated tracking could take the guesswork out of deliveries and change the way we manufacture products.

Wolfgang Möller, NTT DATA Business Solutions

Imagine a customer who knows when his goods are stuck in traffic and understands in real time that his products will be late. The transparency of the Logistics Bridge removes any surprise, and the customer can reschedule delivery and adjust his other processes as necessary.

Wolfgang Möller, Global Director Discrete Industries & Internet of Things

To Trust a Venture

In global supply chains, unexpected delays, whether from human error or natural disaster, are often exacerbated by a lack of transparency. Building trust is sometimes the most difficult job.

The idea: Use SAP Leonardo, mobile technology, sensors for cold chain control and shock, and SAP’s cloud services to build a track and trace system so precise and well documented that a product’s location and status are never unknown.

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The Story Behind

Our solution comes to life when corresponding sensors pass one another. One sensor, a tiny box containing a Bluetooth beacon, a thermometer, and a shock detector – all with five years of battery life – is perfect for attaching to a pallet. The second sensor, housing a corresponding Bluetooth beacon and a sim card, sends a signal whenever its near one of the little boxes. We might place these mobile-enabled sensors on the door of a warehouse or on a truck. With SAP Cloud technology, our sensors can track the location of a pallet of goods down to the minute. We call the solution a Logistics Bridge. What was once a supply chain has become an end-to-end logistics flow.

Logistics bridge – from warehouse to warehouse, down to the minute.

IoT to the Point.

Existing track-and-trace technologies have changed how warehouses track good, but they’re a nightmare to integrate. We took the technology out of the warehouse and then made it easy to use. Our customers are thrilled with the reduced operational costs and the increase in transparency. The sensors are especially important when shipping fragile biological goods sensitive to temperature changes or mishandling.

Our Logistics Bridges are an example of how we can innovate for logistics solutions right now.

That’s innovation to the point.

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