The new view of the logistics world

Open.

Agile.

Intelligent.

The infrastructure for the logistics platforms of the future.

100 % Open Source

We are building the Silicon Economy.

The Silicon Economy is a project of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML, supported by the German logistics industry. Together we are developing an open-source infrastructure for the platform economy of the future.

Strengthening the logistics industry in Germany and Europe

Developing new business potentials

Helping companies to reach their sustainability goals

Our mission.

According to current forecasts, over the next five years the most successful business models for logistics will come from the platform economy. Our understanding of the platform economy of the future is characterized by the diversity and coexistence of different logistical and industrial B2B platforms: the Silicon Economy. Logistics companies of all sizes will then be given the opportunity to process their business activities in a completely automated way – from ordering and invoicing right through to transportation.

100 % Logistics

Our objectives.

Today, the process of setting up a platform still involves enormous costs, it is immensely time-consuming and it also entails legal uncertainties for the individual company. That is why we are jointly developing both the software and the hardware environment for tomorrow’s autonomous logistics, all controlled by artificial intelligence. Our new logistics operating system will meet the highest data protection requirements and be able to be used by any company, regardless of size.

Maintaining data security and data sovereignty

Avoiding isolated applications and dependencies

Interoperability of companies

100 % Open Source

News.

The Silicon Economy sums up numerous innovation projects. Here you will find regular up-to-date information about the open and federal platform economy of the future.

Silicon Economy produces first start-up

Silicon Economy produces first start-up

The first company in the Silicon Economy environment is waiting in the wings to start up. Just a few months after the launch of the major research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure...

We are Silicon Economists!

»Logistics becomes the key to the platform economy in Germany and Europe. Together we have the market power and resources to implement the next generation’s platform economy in logistics.«

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Michael ten Hompel at the federal government’s Digital Summit 2019 in Dortmund

Silicon Economist’s Blog

From A for Application to O for Open Source: Personalities from science, business and politics take a stand here on current issues of the platform economy of tomorrow.

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