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DHL, Huawei partner to provide IoT technologies for connected logistics market

LBR Staff Writer Published 17 February 2017

Deutsche Post DHL has collaborated with information and communications technology solutions provider Huawei Technologies to provide Internet of Things (IoT) technologies for connected logistics market.

The companies have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop a range of supply chain solutions for customers using industrial-grade IoT hardware and infrastructure.

According to DHL, the IoT technologies are expected to generate around €1.77 trillion in additional value for the global logistics industry by 2025, helping operators to better monitor and enhance their supply chain processes with low-cost networked sensors and devices..

As part of the deal, the partnership will work on innovation projects that focus on cellular-based IoT technology, which holds capacity to connect large volumes of devices across long distances with minimal power consumption.

The improved connectivity will allow to deliver more integrated logistics value chain by providing critical data and visibility in warehousing operations, freight transportation, and last-mile delivery.

The deal will allow DHL to use Huawei’s IoT devices, connectivity experts and network infrastructure to improve its warehousing, freight, and last-mile delivery services.

In addition, the partnership will work together to market and commercialise the results of their innovations, including pilot commercial projects in Europe and China.

Last year, DHL launched a €90m advanced regional center in Singapore to work on IoT technologies.

DHL Supply Chain global COO and CIO Dr Markus Voss said: “Spending on connected logistics solutions is expected to more than double between now and 2020², and many logistics providers including Deutsche Post DHL Group have already begun to explore Internet of Things applications in their supply chains, including everything from enhanced asset tracking to driverless delivery vehicles.”

Huawei Enterprise Business Group president Yan Lida said: “Relying on Cloud-Pipe-Device Collaboration, Huawei builds an open, flexible, elastic, and secure platform, helping customers easily integrate and develop applications tailored to actual service scenarios.”

Image: DHL Supply Chain global COO and CIO Dr Markus Voss and Huawei Enterprise Business Group president Yan Lida at MoU signing ceremony. Photo: courtesy of DHL International GmbH.