DHL takes its tech on the road

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The logistics world is on the cusp of some exciting new technology including printable ‘smart’ labels with GPS-type functionality that could eliminate barcode scanning, vision-based monitoring systems and low-cost remote connectivity for oceans and deserts, said a DHL expert.
Speaking at the unveiling of a new DHL’s mobile tech center for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) in Dubai South on 27 October, head of innovation and, commercial Matthius Heutger said that analytics and robotics were also poised to bring huge advances to the industry.
The Mobile Middle East and Africa (MEA) Innovation Center will spearhead the development of logistics innovation in the MEA region, with a focus on trends in IoT and Data Analytics. Although it will offer the same facilities as DHL’s similar existing centres in Chicgo, Cologne and Singapore, the MEA centre is designed to be dismantled and packed into standard ISO shipping containers, so it can be moved to different countries in the region. Following its unveiling in Dubai, it is set to go on a tour of countries throughout the Middle East and Africa.
It will offer 450sq m to showcase the technical developments that DHL is currently working on and that it believes will revolutionise the supply chain in the near future. The Center will present a collaborative platform for customers, partners and other thought leaders to solve complex logistics challenges, learn about the latest trends and network with industry innovators across the MEA region.
Exhibits in the center will reflect the unique requirements of DHL’s customers in the region, with a focus on internet of things, artificial intelligence, robotics, bionic enhancement and data analytics.
The facility is expected to stay in Dubai until 2022, then move to Qatar, the next location on its journey across the MEA region, and is expected to continue its journey through to 2027.

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