Deutsche Post DHL Group, Alps Electric Europe and Sigfox optimize the German DHL parcel network via networked sensors at economic costs.
Every working day, DHL delivers around five million parcels nationwide. In order to process these volumes reliably, operational processes must be interlinked. For example, the necessary operating resources, such as many thousands of roll containers in which the shipments are transported, must be available daily in sufficient numbers both at the warehouses of the major customers and in the 35 DHL parcel centers throughout Germany and its immediate neighbors.
In a first step, around 250,000 DHL roll containers will successively be equipped with intelligent trackers that provide precise information about the location of the respective roll container and detect movements in order to ensure this in the long term. "The transparency that we will gain through the use of the new equipment will help both to further improve service quality for our customers and to reduce operating costs through better management of operating resources," says Thomas Schneider, Chief Production Officer Post and Parcel Germany at Deutsche Post DHL Group.
The trackers make it possible to digitize the management and localization of these resources - even across Europe. Ludovic Le Moan, CEO and founder of Sigfox, is pleased about the cooperation with DHL: "Our cooperation with Alps Electric paves the way for the future industrial IoT. Mass production requires long processes for design, development and testing. This project is an important milestone on the way to billions of networked devices in the Sigfox 0G network".
"We show that the tracking devices achieve a long service life beyond 10 years - at a fraction of today's cost. This makes tracking for very large quantities economically possible in the first place," says Sascha Kunzmann, Senior Manager of Alps Electric Europe.
ALPS ELECTRIC EUROPE GmbH, Deutsche Post DHL, Sigfox Germany GmbH