Digitisation in Logistics – Students Develop Concept for Innovative App
As part of an industry case study, students of the Business Information Systems course have developed concepts for the digital mapping of the time slot management process under the direction of Prof. Dr. Wind.
Kempten University of Applied Sciences and the leading logistics software provider Soloplan GmbH have been working closely together for a number of years. Soloplan holds guest lectures for the courses Business Information Systems, Business Administration and Logistics. Last year, the university and Soloplan carried out a study on the topic ‘Smartwatch’ in connection with telematics. The Smartwatch app was then directly presented to a large specialist audience during the IAA trade fair in Hannover.
This year, an industry case study on digitalisation in logistics has been carried out in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Wind. On the occasion, the topic of digital mapping of loading bays via app has been looked at. For example, manufacturing companies often have the problem that the capacity utilisation of bays is inconsistent. At peak times, capacity utilisation is far too high, and at other times, utilisation is insufficient. Quite often there is no tool for the process, and allocation planning of bays is only carried out manually.
Students of the third and seventh semester of Business Information Systems have now created innovative concepts for this. For example, the process is supposed to run completely digitally in the future. The people involved in the process should have access to the required information via a smartphone app. Truck drivers will get the possibility to reserve time slots themselves and they will be informed about delays in a timely manner.
CEO Wolfgang Heidl: “The Asian market shows that the connected industry there is already handled using mobile devices. This is why it is particularly important for us that innovative apps are developed in cooperation with the students.”
After the topic was presented by Soloplan as part of a guest lecture in November, the students could present the topic at the Soloplan headquarters on 20 December.
A jury chose the best concept each of both the teams of the third semester and of the seventh semester. The two teams were duly rewarded: The two “winning teams” received the first prize, a visit to an event in the Soloplan Loge, in the bigBOX Kempten.