Video game technology boosts air cargo monitoring

24 / 03 / 2014

  • The technology contained in smartphones can also be put to use in logistics, a DHL study reveals

    The technology contained in smartphones can also be put to use in logistics, a DHL study reveals

TECHNOLOGIES originally designed for video games and smartphones are now being used in the goods distribution industry.

A study conducted by DHL has found that this marks a complete reversal of past practices in which new technologies were initially first applied in business – and then migrated to private users later.

According to the Trend Research team at DHL Customer Solutions and Innovation, its ‘Low-Cost Sensor Technology’ report shows how technologies like Microsoft’s video-game camera Kinect, smart watches and NFC (near-field communications) technology are being incorporated into everyday logistics monitoring.

“The success of Smartphones and tablet PCs has created a situation in which employees have better technology for their personal use than they do for business needs,” notes Dr Markus Kückelhaus, director of trend research at DHL.

“But they expect to have the same standard of technology at work. For this reason, we think companies now have to step up and put Smartphone sensors to work in their logistics,” he advises.

Read Nigel Tomkins' full analysis in Air Cargo News 7 April  2014 – Issue No. 774