News from the Silicon Economy
7. April 2022
First components published for open source revolution in logistics
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.
29. March 2022
Everything in balance: a robot on two wheels
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.
23. March 2022
With »libVDA5050++«, FLIP can drive in the fleet
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.
21. March 2022
Researchers put AI-based ETA on the road
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 …
20. January 2022
Silicon Economy takes off with a »Perishable«-Dashboard
All significant information in a nutshell: the team of the Silicon Economy project entitled »Digitalization of Import Processes in Perishable Air Freight Logistics« developed a standards-compliant solution for import forwarders at airports that significantly simplifies the workflow for handling perishable goods (»Perishables«).
13. January 2022
Interfaces are not the »Holy Grail«: Setlog welcomes Open Source-Software
In the latest contribution to the »Silicon Economist´s Blog«, Ralf Düster, co-founder and chairman of the successful medium-sized software company Setlog in Bochum, recommends the use of open source software in logistics.
11. January 2022
9 out of 10 companies have high to very high potential for blockchain
Blockchain Europe, one of the two most important innovation projects within the Silicon Economy, found out within its »blockchain quick checks« that already one out of three companies can optimize its processes with blockchain today.
25. October 2021
Unique technology initiative: Logistics companies establish Open Logistics Foundation
Last Friday, Dachser, DB Schenker, duisport and Rhenus established the Open Logistics Foundation in Berlin. The Open Logistics Foundation was initiated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML as part of the Silicon Economy.
7. October 2021
One in 500 million: Algorithm identifies pallets by its grain
With an innovative system for the fully automated identification of pallets, the researchers in the »Identification Service based on Natural Features« development project add another component to the Silicon Economy. An intelligent algorithm identifies a pallet – among 500 million of the same kind – by its grain alone, making barcodes or RFID chips obsolete.
7. October 2021
»Never walk alone«: the Silicon Economy’s view of the International Data Spaces
The way the Silicon Economy is using International Data Spaces is the subject of a new blog post explaining how it is as intelligent and innovative as the idea of a platform ecosystem itself. In both cases, the process is not driven by individual companies but by a community.
1. October 2021
New method identifies pallets by their wood grain
With an innovative system for the fully automated identification of pallets, the researchers in the »Identification Service based on Natural Features« development project add another component to the Silicon Economy.
15. September 2021
»Digital Consignment Note« brings in industry partner NOSTA Group for practical input
The Silicon Economy community is also growing constantly by getting more industrial partners involved in the development projects. From the beginning, NOSTA Logistics GmbH has been part of the »Digital Consignment Note« team and will test the solution in practice. Two company representatives explain why they are involved.
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