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DHL, Huawei speed up inbound-to-manufacturing logistics with IoT solution

LBR Staff Writer Published 08 September 2017

DHL Supply Chain, together with Huawei Technologies, has launched a Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) application at an automotive site in Liuzhou, China.

The IoT solution has been designed to streamline yard management for inbound-to-manufacturing logistics and processing time at the site. 

The trail proof of the application will run until this month ending with 100 DHL drivers at a section with 30 docks.

Both DHL and Huawei are incorporating the NB-IoT chipsets embedded with vehicle detectors for their solution and use a common cellular telecommunications bands such as LTE.

Data will be transmitted through existing public base stations which are updated to support NB-IoT.

In real time, every terminal of DHL Supply Chain can automatically collect clear dock availability providing visibility to the dispatcher and drivers.

When a truck arrives, the driver has to check in through the mobile app and receives a queue number along with the estimated waiting time.

Later, the yard management system screens the docks for their availability automatically and updates the driver with real-time status through the app.

The driver will be intimated to proceed further soon after the dock gets free.

With this application, inbound trucks can be preceded to the manufacturing site to unload the shipments at the appropriate dock.

This process will almost reduce half of the waiting time which is estimated to be 40 min on an average.

Since these deliveries are essential to the manufacturing process, the application usage brings down the risks of manufacturing delays as materials arrive in time and resources are optimized.

The proof of concept is anticipated to be updated with additional features including automatic number plate recognition and geofencing after this September.