The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs is funding development of a software platform to enable informed manual interventions in connected logistics systems and Robert Bosch GmbH is the lead partner in the consortium taking part in this R & D project.
A press statement by the Stuggart-based supplier of technology and services worldwide said the project has received 2.8 million euros from this ministry.
The platform has been dubbed as ProveIT (production plan based recovery of vehicle routing plans within integrated transport networks) with other consortium participants being the following: ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Geis Transport und Logistik GmbH, LOCOM Software GmbH, PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG, Research Center for Information Technology (FZI) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Institute for Material Handling and Logistics (IFL) at KIT.
The project's objective is to give dispatchers the tools to make objectively assesed and dependable interventions in connected logistics systems.
Such interventions, manual corrections are needed to fix supply chain disruptions in logistics systems such as traffic jams, technical issues, missing goods or various unforseen events.
The press statement said the platform will use familiar technologies such as vehicle tracking using GPS and software for transport planning, but production information will also be incorporated into the decision making process.
It added that big data could also be incorporated in the platform, enabling companies and logistics providers a range of services for planning and managing logistical processes.
The project will stabilize logistics systems should there be disruptions to them and bring them back on schedule, according to the press statement.
It said the project is due to run until fall of 2016.
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