With the release of the first open source components from the »Silicon Economy« project, the logistics operating system for the platform economy of the future is taking shape. The Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV) is funding the project with 25 million euros. From now on, companies can use freely available software and hardware and adapt them to their needs.
In the 2000s, the »Segway«, the electrically powered one-person vehicle, was among the trendy fun and fashionable vehicles for young and old. The driving principle of the platform on two wheels is now more up-to-date than ever: researchers from the Silicon Economy have used the »inverse pendulum« to build a platform with an intelligent automatic balancing system in the »OpenDynamics« development project, which is intended to establish a new class of dynamically stable robots.
Until now, driverless transport vehicles from different manufacturers could not be controlled by a common master control unit. The VDA5050 standard helps solve the problem – its open-source implementation from the Silicon Economy was successfully implemented in FLIP, the »Flexible Lifter for Intralogistics and Production« developed at Fraunhofer IML.
The software for an AI-based arrival time forecast, which was developed as part of the Silicon Economy initiative, is now being tested in an implementation project of the Mittelstand-Digital Zentrum Ruhr-OWL at a freight forwarding company in the Siegerland region – and is becoming even smarter …
To be economically successful in logistics today, companies must identify and implement new business models, also by investing in digitalization – in other words, they must become »smarter«. Raoul Wintjes, Head of the International Road Haulage | Digitalization Department at the DSLV Bundesverband Spedition und Logistik e. V. (German Freight Forwarders and Logistics Association), on how to bring about corresponding changes in freight forwarders and logistics companies, including the smaller ones.