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ESSEN/PARIS: May 16, 2019. DB Schenker plans to use a new Internet of Things (IoT) platform to connect and analyze the data of its entire supply chain from warehouse to goods transport.

DB SchenkerThe company says customers will be provided with real-time transparency of their entire ordering and delivery process to improve the efficiency of route planning and increase the safety and quality of goods transport.

DB Schenker is now looking for start-up partners at the Paris innovation trade fair Vivatech next month in order to collaborate in the development of the corresponding IoT architecture and develop new business models on the basis of the networked data obtained.

"Data has now become an essential component of the logistics business," says Markus Sontheimer, chief IT & Digitalization Officer of DB Schenker. "We are therefore consistently focusing on new technologies such as Blockchain and Internet of Things in order to further improve the quality and convenience of our logistics services and perhaps be able to offer completely new services in the future".

The company says it intends to equip freight containers, trucks or department stores with sensor technology in order to record all data points of a logistics shipment including position, temperature, humidity, incidence of light or vibration.

Vivatech will take place May 16-18 in Paris featuring 9,000 startups and 100,000 visitors from 125 countries.