Logistics living lab opens

National ICT Australia (NICTA) and Europe’s largest application-oriented research firm, Fraunhofer, have announced the opening of the Future Logistics Living Lab at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney.
Dedicated to addressing challenges such as rising fuel costs, road congestion, carbon emissions and safety, the Future Logistics Living Lab will provide a physical platform for industry and researchers to work together to develop innovative technology that will provide transport and logistics solutions for the future.

The New South Wales Government is also involved in the project, along with Linfox, Hamburg Sud, Casella Wines, Ericsson, GS1 Australia, Gamma Solutions, Google, Tradegate, XAct Solutions, Victoria University and the University of New South Wales.

NSW Treasurer and Minister for State and Regional Development Eric Roozendaal said the government has committed $400,000 to the project as part of its $36 million Digital Economy Strategy.

“The Future Logistics Living Lab will bring together some of the world’s top ICT researchers, software company SAP, industry partners and the NSW Government to develop technologies to boost our transport and logistics sector,” said Roozendaal.

Tim Ebbeck, president and managing director, SAP Australia & New Zealand, said: “The Future Logistics Living Lab will enable SAP to innovate hand in hand with industry and research to solve real-world problems.

“The strength of the Living Lab concept is its industry partnership focus. This will drive practical, technology-based solutions that will ultimately deliver real productivity benefits for our economy.”
NICTA CEO, Hugh Durrant-Whyte, said that NICTA is “excited to be part of this initiative in Australia and will continue to drive innovation through industry engagement”.

“The Living Lab is an example of research institutions, industry and government working together on important challenges for the logistics industry.”
Read the source article at Inside SAP

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