DHL Innovation Center presents research awardTroisdorf, 05/23/2007, 11:30 AM CEST
- Subject sponsoring for 4th European Satellite Navigation Competition
- Innovative ideas sought for 120,000 fleet management system
- The winning idea will be made ready for the market at the DHL Innovation Center
The central innovation and research facility of Deutsche Post World Net, the DHL Innovation Center in Troisdorf near Bonn (Germany), is sponsoring the "4th European Satellite Navigation Competition 2007". This ideas competition is supported by the European Space Agency ESA. DHL Innovation Center is contributing a special prize in the category "Intelligent Traffic Control Systems". The winner will have the chance to realize his solution at the DHL Innovation Center. Subsequently the winner's solution will be utilized in the satellite navigation system operated by DHL to track the fleet's 120,000 vehicles.
Entries to the special topic category sponsored by the DHL Innovation Center must fulfill two technical requirements. Firstly, they must allow the dynamic fleet management of delivery vehicles to be linked with up-to-the-minute traffic information. Secondly, they must guarantee flexible communication between dispatcher, the intelligent delivery vehicle, and the customer.
In times of growing traffic Deutsche Post World Net is challenged to keep customers satisfied with on schedule deliveries especially in large urban areas. "We will only be able to achieve this with the help of forceful ITC and satellite supported systems," explains Michael Lohmeier, Project Manager for Technology and Innovation Management at Deutsche Post World Net. Dynamic navigation will also avoid idle runs and detours which will in turn benefit the environment. "The chance of developing and implementing a telematics system for one of the world's largest vehicle fleets should prove far more enticing than any cash prize." The prize winning basic technology will be realized by the DHL Innovation Center in collaboration with the successful developer.
About the "European Satellite Navigation Competition 2007":
The "European Satellite Navigation Competition 2007" is aimed at European companies, research institutions, universities and private individuals. The competition is organized by the Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen and the SYSTEMS ITC trade fair in Munich and is supported by the European Space Agency, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and ten high-tech regions across Europe. The "European Satellite Navigation Competition 2007" runs under the patronage of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport, and Technology. Besides the DHL Innovation Center, the other special topic sponsors are DLR and T-Systems. They will each be awarding prizes in their own particular categories. The ideas competition was launched on May 1, 2007, and will run to July 31, 2007. Winners will be presented at the SYSTEMS ITC trade fair (October 23-26, 2007, Neue Messe, Munich, Germany). Entries for the overall competition and for the special topics can be submitted online at: www.galileo-masters.com.