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Digitale Transformation

The Lychee said to the Pear: Please get in Touch!

Containers that talk to each other? We’re all very used to machines and computers talking to each other. So why not boxes?

12 Jun. 2018
Litschi Birne2

A project called ByCoNet, led by consortium leader Lufthansa Cargo and supported by the Fraunhofer Institute IML, is developing air freight containers with energy-self-sufficient radio networks that can communicate all around the globe via a cross company network. So lychees from China, tomatoes from Spain, or fish from Alaska could interact and independently request transport, so they arrive at their destination fresher. However, digital networking of air freight containers conceals special challenges: In the air, as on the ground, there is a mass of radio traffic that really shouldn't be disrupted. This is why technology such as GSM/UMTS and GPS hasn't been used for logistics objects and in jets for some time now. This is also banned worldwide.

Lufthansa has brought a device into the consortium that switches off transmitting radio equipment automatically in all flight phases during the signals could cause disruption. The batteries in the transmitter also charge automatically - they use environmental energy such as vibrations during transport or temperature differences.

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