Supply Chain 4.0 – digital efficiencies via next-generation logistics

Brought to you by The Automotive & Transport Group

Supply chain digitisation is evolving. But can wireless connectivity keep up? This online SIG session will outline some of the challenges faced by freight logistics, the solutions being adopted and ways in which wireless communications is being used to accelerate adoption.

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About the event

Supply Chain 4.0 – How Wireless Communications Is at the Centre of Supply Chain Digitisation

Moving freight from A to B is getting an upgrade. Industry 4.0 is on the horizon, and the digitisation of the supply chain is a key component.

There has been great progress in the digitisation of freight logistics in particular, with an increased use of interconnected devices and smart technology capitalising on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Logistics Supply Chain 4.0

Wireless connectivity has a vital role in ensuring that all parts of these systems work seamlessly together. Public wireless networks, private wireless networks and hybrid wireless networks combine with Smart City initiatives, connected road environments, connected sea ports, airports and numerous IoT use cases to meet rapidly evolving customer expectations.

Previously frustrating supply chain changes are being managed more efficiently, more cost-effectively and less problematic as technological evolutions enable smoother day-to-day communications.

All modes of transport are becoming part of an increasingly digitised ‘systems of systems’ – with drone aircraft, drone ships, autonomous vehicles, robotic warehousing and cloud platforms influencing the design of such systems. 

As we've also seen from the recent Suez canal issue and ongoing Brexit challenges, freight logistics is making waves in the news. Now is the time to learn more about technological changes that can bridge the gap between transport challenges and customer expectations.

  • What challenges face this new model of freight logistics?
  • What solutions are being adopted? 

  • And how can wireless technology improve the system and accelerate adoption?

  • Find out in this online SIG session. Sign up below.

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Agenda

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14:00

Welcome from our CEO, Simon Mead, CW

14:03

Introduction from Chair, Andre Burgess, National Physical Laboratory and Automotive & Transport SIG Champion

14:05

Tom White, Director of Modelling and Appraisal, Connected Places Catapult

'Supply Chains of the Future'

The effectiveness and resiliency of supply chains is vital to the UK’s national and regional economies.

Through COVID, our supply chains have never before been under greater focus, and the globalised system never tested to such a degree. Taking a systems approach to the digitalisation and decarbonisation of supply chains presents the opportunity to build the efficient, clean and resilient supply chains of the future for our people, places and economies.

14:15

Frank Dunsmuir, Industry Lead, Customs and International Trade (HMRC), Fujitsu UK

'Smart Freight for the Future Border'

14:30

David Sharp, Head of Technology 10X, Ocado Technology

'The Ocado Smart Platform'

David will take you on a journey that explores the increasingly sophisticated combination of innovative artificial intelligence, e-commerce, internet-of-things, robotic, wireless telecommunication, transportation, cloud, logistics and warehouse technologies that are enabling the Ocado Smart Platform to transform international grocery e-commerce.

14:45

Panel session for all speakers, chaired by Andre Burgess, National Physical Laboratory and Automotive & Transport SIG Champion

14:58

Closing remarks and the session ends

Speakers

Frank Dunsmuir - Industry Lead, Customs and International Trade (HMRC), Fujitsu UK

Frank leads Fujitsu's International Trade and Customs practice, advising on the applications of technology in a UK future border strategy and solutions to the more immediate EU exit challenges. As the lead technology advisor to the Alternative Arrangements Commission, he gained in-depth knowledge of the complex implications on Northern Ireland trade and how technology may support addressing these.

He is a Non-Executive Director of IBMATA (International Border Management And Technologies Association) a not for profit organisation (NGO) committed to the safe and secure movement of people and goods across international borders. Working with the Technical University of Munich he is developing technology strategies which support economic growth in developing regions through the use of Special Economic Zones. Frank has published several points of view on the Future Border and provided the technical content for a response to the Chancellors Freeport Consultation document.

David Sharp - Head of Technology 10X, Ocado Technology

David Sharp leads Ocado's "Technology 10x" multidisciplinary innovation team that works on devising and developing disruptive technologies that can make transformational improvements to Ocado. The "10x" is about seeking to make a "ten times" difference to something rather than a 10% incremental improvement. The team works on creating new automation, interaction, robotic and machine learning systems that push the state of the art in e-commerce and logistics. The team is home to specialists in artificial intelligence, machine learning, software, electronics, mechanics and robotics. David joined Ocado in 2013 to help innovate the development of Ocado's robotic warehouses and then went on to create and grow the 10x innovation team. Prior to joining Ocado, David worked as a technology consultant in Cambridge and London, creating new technologies and advising businesses, investors and lawyers on technology-related strategies, projects and ventures.

David was previously a Lecturer in Computing at Imperial College, London, having graduated from Imperial with a PhD in Computing and MBA in New Ventures. He is a scholar of King's College Cambridge, where he studied Engineering (Electrical Sciences Tripos).

Tom White - Director of Modelling and Appraisal, Connected Places Catapult

Tom is currently Director of Modelling and Appraisal (Interim) working in new mobility technologies, including maritime and logistics, with a focus on digitalisation and decarbonisation opportunities across the transport sector, working with public sector, academia and industry partners. Tom is a member of the IET and holds BSc (hons) in Environment, having experience across the maritime, defence, manufacturing and engineering sectors through previous positions at Rolls-Royce and Lloyd’s Register in innovation, clean maritime, materials science, autonomous ships, cyber security and digital twins/analytics for connected assets.

SIG Champions

Andre Burgess - Strategic Business Development, Digital, National Physical Laboratory

NPL’s nominated SIG Champion, Andre Burgess runs Strategic partnerships for the Digital Sector at NPL where he is also leading on its activities in CAV R&D as well as the development of new testing infrastructure for future integrated communications networks.  Andre has a long experience in product and service innovation in the TMT sector, including NTL (now Virgin Media) and Three.  He subsequently established a successful business designing and deploying disruptive digital end user products and services.  More recently he turned his focus on the energy and environment sector, working with distributed generators, housing providers and local authorities, to develop innovative data centric services to optimise localised energy generation and affordable smart home services.  With a mission to ensure data can be trusted and shared openly in the future, he joined NPL in 2017.

Tom Jellicoe - Autonomous Driving Lead, TTP plc

Dr. Tom Jellicoe leads the autonomous driving team at TTP, Europe’s largest independent deep tech consultancy. TTP work with ambitious clients to invent, design and develop disruptive products based on advances in science and engineering. Tom’s team develop enabling technologies for the sensors on autonomous vehicles include lidar, vision systems and thermal cameras. Tom has a Ph.D. in Optoelectronics from the University of Cambridge.

John Okas - Strategic Wireless Expert, Real Wireless

John has worked in wireless and telecommunications throughout his career. Initially with Motorola and Racal in engineering and product marketing roles. He was a founding director of NTL (now Arqiva), initially as Business Development Director building and managing the complete commercial organisation. He also managed the R&D Group which developed one of the first commercially available MPEG video compression systems. Then as Managing Director - Telecommunications he was responsible for growing NTL's wireless business and entering the fixed telecommunications and satellite services markets. Moving to Pell Frischmann the consulting engineers, he started a telecommunications business and was involved in several large transportation projects including the Highways Agency's NRTS Project which updated the motorway communication systems. Currently he operates as an independent consultant covering technical, commercial and product strategies. He works with other consultancies including Real Wireless, the independent wireless experts, who develop strategy, policy and practical solutions. John has a close interest in the IoT/M2M market within the transport sector; he worked with the Weightless SIG at its formation to help identify market requirements.

Tom Robinson - Technical Director, Conigital

Tom has a background in software engineering and worked in the automotive industry for over 20 years, during this time Tom has held responsibility for business units at several world leading automotive consultancies including Pi Technology, Ricardo and Applus IDIADA.

For 6 years Tom supported InnovITS (UK Centre of Excellence for Tranport Telematics and Sustainable Mobility) as a non-executive director to help promote the establishment of UK ITS capability. He has championed and directed a number of innovation programmes in the ITS including the Innovate UK MuCCA, EU SARTRE, InnovITS FaCITS, and TSB ERTOC projects. Tom is currently working at Conigital Ltd as an Associate Director helping drive the future towards CAV.

Nigel Wall - Director, Climate Associates

Nigel has been involved with connected vehicle research since 1992 when he led BT’s mobile data research team – initially using modems on first generation analogue TACS mobile phones! Since 2001 he has worked an independent complex-systems engineer, with a primary specialism in connected vehicles. For the last seven years he has acted as the Monitoring Officer for twelve of the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle research projects supported by Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. These projects included Gateway, Venturer, UK Autodrive, MOVE UK, INSIGHT, Flourish and UK Cite. During this period he has not offered CAV-related consultancy services to other companies to avoid any potential conflict of interest. As these Innovate UK projects have now completed, he is now returning to offer traditional consultancy services to organisations that need to pragmatic advice on developing market share in this exciting market.

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