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[post_content] => Hupac, the Switzerland-based intermodal network operator, is planning to automate its route planning and traffic management processes by using sensor data and analytics provided by its compatriot Nexiot.
Hupac is already using Nexiot’s self-sustaining sensors to provide real-time updates from wagons, which are fitted with the devices. These sensors send messages on information such as location, impact events, border crossings and mileage every five minutes. Hupac now fully integrate Nexiot’s software solution into its in-house cargo management systems to predict delays, route out journeys and manage traffic.
“We began working with Nexiot two years ago when we applied the smart sensors to 1,000 of our intermodal wagons,” says Aldo Puglisi, responsible for digitalisation and business processes reengineering at Hupac Intermodal. “When we began to analyse the data generated by the sensors in collaboration with Nexiot, we realised that it could be used to identify and predict weak spots in the supply chain, helping us make more informed planning decisions in an optimal way.”
LINKING THE CHAIN
Following a trial late last year, Puglisi says Hupac is now aiming for a complete integration with Nexiot’s digitisation solution, which would allow many of the planning processes to be automated, saving valuable time and money.
“This is exciting because fewer manual entries imply fewer errors and the information can also be shared with our partners to make the entire supply chain process more transparent and efficient,” says Puglisi.
Digitisation of wagon data is just one element of Hupac’s overall strategy, which already includes a dedicated XML electronic data interchange facility, Ediges, and an internal capacity management system based on algorithms. It is also rolling out optical character recognition software at its terminals to support automation of the check-in/out processes, and an updated web-based platfor for customer bookings and cargo tracking.
“Nexiot is providing its customers with the highest level of transparency across the supply chain, which enables them to differentiate their offering, increase efficiencies and unlock additional revenue potential,” says Marcel Scheurer, COO at Nexiot. “Our distinctly collaborative integration approach and operational industry experience help our customers to extract the maximum value out of the technical solution.”
Nexiot was founded in 2015 as a spin-off company from ETH Zurich, one of the world’s most prestigious technical universities, and is built on more than ten years of research in complex systems, data analytics and ultra-low-power sensor technology. In March 2019, that work was recognised by Frost & Sullivan, which presented Nexiot with its Enabling Technology Leadership Award. Nexiot ranked highest in terms of both Technology Leverage and Customer Impact.
“To achieve technology leadership is never an easy task, but it is one made even more difficult considering today’s competitive intensity, customer volatility, and economic uncertainty, and we congratulate Nexiot on their achievements,” said David Frigstad, chairman of Frost & Sullivan, when presenting the award.
“The technology behind our self-powered sensors is only one part of our strength, but it is the data we collect and analyse that adds value to our customers’ business,” said Scheurer. “We collaborate with customers on collecting and analysing the data, helping them to gain new perspectives on their business and develop new service offerings that improve efficiencies and unlock additional revenue potential.”
[post_title] => Digitisation: The data trail
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Digitisation: The data trail
Hupac has many strands to its digitisation bow and is now leveraging Nexiot's know-how to generate intelligence from sensors on its wagon fleet