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Logistics research lab developed

By: David Howells
28 February 2011

A "future logistics living lab" is being built to undertake research into developing the logistics industry.

The facility allows companies to test and overcome real-world issues, complete logistics training and trial new technology in a collaborative way that encourages businesses to work together. The results realised by the lab could help UK-based drivers undertake their work more efficiently, in the future.

The project is a joint production in itself; with Europe's applied research organisation, the Fraunhofer Institute, German software giant SAP, Australian research organisation NICTA and Australian logistics firm Linfox working in partnership to set up the lab.

"We want to tackle real-life problems and we want to engage with the industry to tell us what we should be researching," NICTA's lab leader, Neil Temperley, told Fully Loaded.

"Logistics is a complicated business. There's room for improvement, without doubt. We've been saying to people there's opportunity to make our logistics a bit greener, safer and more efficient."

Tim Ebbeck, president and managing director of SAP, spoke out about the lab, telling Truck World that the lab could help the logistics industry become more innovative - working "hand in hand" with the market.

"This will drive practical, technology-based solutions that will ultimately deliver real productivity benefits for our economy," he concluded.

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