The digital rail system is the railroad of the future. In order to achieve this goal, numerous digital technologies must find their way into the new rail system. Some of them already exist and they can be used now. Others come from different industries. Others are still in their infancy.
Digitization in the logistic industry
The topic of digitization has been discussed in many industries in recent years. But it also offers interesting opportunities in the transport industry that can offer companies like db important competitive advantages.
Digitization has become indispensable in the freight forwarding and logistics industry. Digital progress has brought this industry special advantages with which the processes can be optimized. Also, costs can be reduced and sales can be increased. Even medium-sized companies are able to digitally track consignments and monitor their vehicle fleets around the world thanks to digital tools. Everything is in real-time, supported by highly developed sensors that make economical and intelligent route planning possible.
Intelligent sensors technology in the transport and logistic industry
Intelligent sensors make it possible to check the temperature fluctuations in containers and report as soon as unauthorized persons tamper with the transported goods. The industry has adapted to technological advances. Like other industries, it welcomes new technologies such as VR, AI and XR. For this reason, it is almost impossible nowadays to run a transport company without taking advantage of the advantages of digitization.
For most companies, it is necessary to consciously anchor digitization in their business strategy. Only in this way can innovations and changes be quickly implanted and cultural change promoted. Even small companies are being forced to continue to implement digitization, even if this is sometimes associated with high investment costs and the loss of data sovereignty. Mechanisms need to be developed to incorporate security measures to protect important company information.
Most companies have recognized, however, that digitization makes it possible to work more productively and that goods can be monitored in real-time. This can only be achieved if the digital systems for networking the vehicles are integrated, with which the fleet can be centrally controlled and monitored. Today, digital technology makes it possible to plan predictive maintenance intervals. With this, you can maintain the company’s vehicles and machines cost-effectively and efficiently.