Spending on connected logistics solutions is expected to more than double between now and 2020
Huawei and Deutsche Post DHL have joined forces to develop a range of supply chain solutions for customers using industrial-grade Internet of Things (IoT) hardware and infrastructure.
Under the terms of the signed memorandum, Huawei and the mail and logistics company will collaborate on projects focusing on cellular-based IoT technology, which can connect large volumes of devices across long distances with minimal power consumption.
The greater connectivity will deliver a more integrated logistics value chain by providing critical data and visibility in warehousing operations, freight transportation, and last-mile delivery, DPDHL said.
Huawei will make its IOT devices, connectivity experts, and network infrastructure available to DHL and its ongoing efforts to incorporate greater sensing and automation capabilities into its warehousing, freight, and last-mile delivery services.
In a recent trends report, DHL predicts the Internet of Things could generate up to US$1.9 trillion in additional value for the global logistics industry by 2025.
“Relying on cloud-pipe-device collaboration, Huawei builds an open, flexible, elastic, and secure platform, helping customers easily integrate and develop applications tailored to actual service scenarios.” said Yan Lida, president of Huawei Enterprise Business Group.
“This partnership opens up an opportunity to improve the efficiency, safety and customer service offered by global supply chains in previously-impossible ways, and defines how the Internet of Things will shape the fortunes of the logistics industry in the next few critical years of innovation.”
Huawei and DHL will also collaborate on efforts to market and commercialise the results of their innovations, including pilot commercial projects in Europe and China.
“Many logistics providers including DHL have already begun to explore Internet of Things applications in their supply chains, including everything from enhanced asset tracking to driverless delivery vehicles,” added Dr Markus Voss, global COO & CIO, DHL Supply Chain.
“This [partnership] will allow both Huawei and DHL to tackle complex operational and business challenges with a powerful combination of world-class Internet of Things hardware, networks, and expertise in end-to-end supply chain management.”
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