DHL and Huawei sign MOU for ‘Internet of Things’ partnership

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Deutsche Post DHL Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Huawei Technologies to develop a range of supply chain solutions for customers using industrial-grade ‘Internet of Things’ hardware and infrastructure.

The express freight firm says the ‘Internet of Things’ could generate up to €1.77 trillion in additional value for the global logistics industry by 2025, enabling operators to better monitor and optimise their supply chain processes with low-cost networked sensors and devices.

Under the MOU, Huawei and Deutsche Post DHL Group will collaborate on innovation projects focusing on cellular-based ‘Internet of Things’ technology, which can connect large volumes of devices across long distances with minimal power consumption.

The greater connectivity can deliver a more integrated logistics value chain by providing critical data and visibility in warehousing operations, freight transportation, and last-mile delivery.

DHL Supply Chain global COO and CIO, Markus Voss says: “Spending on connected logistics solutions is expected to more than double between now and 2020, 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.

“This MOU will allow both Huawei and Deutsche Post DHL Group to tackle complex operational and business challenges with a powerful combination of world-class Internet of Things hardware, networks, and expertise in end-to-end supply chain management.”

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The MOU will see Huawei make its ‘Internet of Things’ devices, connectivity experts, and network infrastructure accessible to Deutsche Post DHL Group and its ongoing efforts to incorporate greater sensing and automation capabilities into its warehousing, freight, and last-mile delivery services.

Huawei and Deutsche Post DHL Group will also collaborate on efforts to market and commercialise the results of their innovations, including pilot commercial projects in Europe and China.

Huawei Enterprise Business Group president, Yan Lida says: “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.

“This partnership opens up an opportunity to improve the efficiency, safety and customer service offered by global supply chains in previously-impossible ways, and defines how the ‘Internet of Things’ will shape the fortunes of the logistics industry in the next few critical years of innovation.”

The initial forays into the ‘Internet of Things’ for DHL include the launch of the €90 million Advanced Regional Center in Singapore last year, featuring almost-entirely automated picking and storing infrastructure that performs 20 per cent more efficiently than manual approaches.