If the figure forecast by the IT analysts at Gartner proves true, then the number of objects connected to the “Internet of Things” will be three times higher in 2020 than it was at the end of 2016. At that point in time, the grand total of physical objects that had become “smart” objects thanks to integrated computers and were thus able to communicate with IT systems stood at almost 6.4 billion.
This enormous growth is driven primarily through applications for private consumers, through systems such as smart TVs. Yet the “Internet of Things” is also playing an increasingly important role in the commercial sector, and not least in the logistics industry. Examples include optimized processes through intensive networking in smart warehouses; or trucks within a fleet of vehicles communicating with one another to issue warnings about congestion and bottlenecks.
DB Schenker is forging ahead with the use of the “Internet of Things,” for instance through its collaborative work in the “DB Schenker Enterprise Lab for Logistics and Digitization” at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML in the German city of Dortmund.
Setting off in sequence and communicating en route: in the “Internet of Things,” networked trucks can warn each other of congestion ahead
Photo: Christian Schmid