Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
The vision of the Internet of Things determines our daily work. It is the vision of a logistics system in which goods organise the route to their destination themselves. A paradigm shift in the world of logistics.
Figures / Data / Facts
- Head: Marco Freund
- Size / floor area: 1,500 m²
- Number of exhibits / vehicles: Around 15 exhibits, vehicles and innovations
- Number of staff employed: Approx. 15 employees from 3 departments
- Opened: 2006 (modernisation: 2011)
- Specialities: The only open integration platform for autoID technologies
The vision of the Internet of Things determines our daily work. It is the vision of a logistics system in which goods organise the route to their destination themselves – a paradigm shift in the world of logistics. The background is that logistical processes are becoming ever more complex. Goods used to be transported only to retailers, but today they are transported direct to the consumer. In their millions. Today’s systems will no longer be able to cope with the flood of goods and data in the coming years. The solution is in the Internet of Things. As on the virtual data highway, packages steer themselves decentrally by means of shared intelligence through the global logistics networks. In other words, clever packages that know where they’re going!
We are advancing the paradigm shift, and this requires a sufficient development and test area. This is why we brought the openID Center into being at Fraunhofer IML in 2005. An open platform over 1,500 m2 with the aim of researching, developing and testing logistics software and auto-identification systems. For many years now in the openID Center we have been working in pioneering projects together with partner organisations from industry and commerce. The conclusion of each project provides a fully functional, expandable experimental field.