In order to make optimal use of the existing infrastructure major goods hubs like the Port of Hamburg must optimize their logistics processes from end to end – from unloading at the quayside to shipping goods to their destinations. It is a matter of ensuring that the right data is in the right place at the right time and of making traffic and infrastructure-relevant information available to all concerned in real time. With the aid of a central, overall smart logistics platform, the Hamburg Port Authority has a constant overview and can control the increasing flows of goods more efficiently, reduce truck downtimes and prevent traffic congestion.
Central situation picture
The smartPORT logistics telematics portal, a joint venture of T-Systems and SAP, supplies the players across the entire transport chain with the information that is of relevance for them. Port management, trucking companies and forwarders, truckers, filling stations, service areas and port operators receive a role-specific uniform situation pictures that SAP HANA enriches with additional information such as bridge opening hours, construction sites or order information. The solution automates traffic route management across all stations. With Smart Logistics, T-Systems as the provider ensures efficient, precise and low-cost transportation processes. Intelligent technologies and cloud-based services help companies to simplify, stabilize and readjust their supply chain management. In practice, real-time traffic data and dynamic route planning reduce both journey costs and carbon dioxide emissions. Unbroken consignment tracking improves distribution planning and delivery reliability.
Smart Logistics: flowing data instead if truck downtimes
Isolated information islands at shipping companies and logistics hubs are no longer up to date. Freight transportation has reached record levels around the world. In Germany alone, the volume of goods shipped in 2015 totaled 4.5 billion tonnes, and the trend is toward a further increase by road, rail, sea and air. So it is high time that central control systems such as SAP and telematics platforms were connected on a vendor-neutral portal. The T-Systems integration specialists buy their admission into the world of Smart Logistics by means of feasibility studies that include all of the requirements of industrial and commercial enterprises as shippers and recipients, infrastructure operators and logistics service providers. They lay the groundwork for individual, sophisticated supply chain management aimed at bringing people, machines and information together on the Smart Logistics platform.
Start small, achieve success fast
In national and international Smart Logistics rollouts, experienced consultants and developers with comprehensive logistics expertise integrate the widest range of data sources. They start with flexible modeling of enterprise logistics and drawing up reliable and cost-optimized transportation plans. Seamless coupling of SCM models like SAP TM with financial systems ensures cost transparency from the outset. Companies can embark on Smart Logistics in a manageable trial environment and let the results speak for themselves. Once dispatchers and schedulers have worked with flowing data from the Internet of Things they no longer want to be without the benefits of connected information.
The supply chain integration specialists at T-Systems help businesses simplify and stabilize their value networks. They can also provide ongoing guidance and support on strategically realigning these networks.