LoadRunner proves that, when it comes to the future of logistics, what matters most is how everything comes together. While many industries are tackling the most important technology trends separately, the past few years have shown that all technology trends, including cloud computing, IoT, big data, platforms, blockchain, cognitive computing or even cybersecurity are occurring simultaneously - and must also be viewed holistically. The silicon economy has no limits, and no top or bottom, according to ten Hompel. And each of these trends will affect logistics, he added.
What’s more, the logistics industry is particularly well-suited to be a technological pioneer in this respect, because processes in logistics are relatively easy to algorithmize. Inexpensive sensors that cost a few euros can be relied on to deliver a great deal of data, and that acquired data can be fed into increasingly complex AI algorithms. Supercomputers with a computing power of 2 PetaFlops make Quantum computing – and, in the future, Quantum AI – possible.
“Many of the technologies are already in use today,” said Torben Posert. However, these are still predominantly used in closed systems. “We must transfer these solutions to open systems,” Posert added. In a recent white paper, he and his team explored how to do this, by rethinking the subject of cross-border shipment.
“It will be crucial that we operate open source systems and open innovation together, and work with common standards,” Professor Michael ten Hompel chimed in. After all, the abundance of data and the lack of transparent controls over it also raises questions about how data security and data sovereignty can be maintained, and how digitalization affects users.