DHL and Huawei team up for inbound to manufacturing logistics IoT solution

DHL Supply Chain and Huawei Technologies, have launched a narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) application in partnership at an automotive site in Liuzhou focused on manufacturing and logistics.

The NB-IoT is designed to facilitate and streamline yard management for inbound-to-manufacturing logistics, leading to significant improvements in inbound processing time at the site. The execution of this IoT solution was done at a minimum by leveraging the existing infrastructure and limited investments. The proof of concept will continue to run till September 2017 end, with 100 DHL drivers at a section with 30 docks.

Usually, logistics services involving inbound-to-manufacturing processes can witness time-consuming inefficiencies especially at sites that have high turnover of supply deliveries, which are important to the manufacturing process and major sites with remarkable turnover of trucks. There may be a delay when a shipment needs to be handled at a different dock at the manufacturing site, for instance; and this is when the technology comes to the rescue, the companies claim. The solution incorporates NB-IoT chipsets – which are embedded with vehicle detectors – that use common cellular telecommunications bands like the LTE, which allows for a simple and economical implementation.

Elsewhere, the latest research from Counterpoint’s Market Pulse for July 2017 shows Huawei to have surpassed Apple in global smartphone sales consistently for June and July.

Counterpoint’s associate director, Tarun Pathak, said: “The growth of Chinese brands is an important trend which no player in the mobile ecosystem can ignore. Chinese brands with their dominant position in key markets such as China, Europe, Asia and Latin America have restricted the growth prospects for leading global brands such as Samsung and Apple.

“Chinese brands are growing swiftly thanks not only to smartphone design, manufacturing capability and rich feature sets, but also by outsmarting and outspending rivals in sales channels, go-to-market and marketing promotion strategies.”

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