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Siemens and GateHouse partner on shipment estimating

Steve Rogerson
May 1, 2018
Siemens is working with Danish company GateHouse Logistics to improve precision in estimating the arrival times of commercial and industrial shipments. This will use the AX4 logistics platform from Siemens subsidiary Axit and GateHouse’s GHTrack telematics data platform.
The move should let Axit provide digital supply chain management on a more comprehensive scale. The telematics data supplied by GateHouse will make it possible to track and visualise the exact position of a shipment in real time on the AX4 platform.
"The integration of telematics data lets our users know exactly where the truck carrying the shipment is located at any given moment in time," said Uwe Schumacher, vice president of business development at Axit.
Equipped with this knowledge, logistics providers can give their customers a more precise ETA and augment their services to include such additional data as temperature.
This enhanced precision and transparency in supply chain management comes about by integrating the cloud-based DaaS platform GHTrack into the AX4 platform. GHTrack consolidates data from more than 400 telematics systems and makes these data available across all systems.
"The demand for visibility of logistics data increases every year as the supply chain moves relentlessly into the always-connected era," said Jesper Bennike, CEO of GateHouse Logistics. "We are very pleased with this partnership with Axit, as it extends the outreach of GHTrack and will support its industry-wide adoption."
Schumacher added: "Our portfolios complement each other perfectly. The expertise that GateHouse brings to the table will help us expand our services in the areas of supply chain execution and supply chain visibility.”
This, he said, also benefitted its customers from the commercial and industrial sectors.
"More precise ETA data let them plan production processes better and manage their resources more efficiently," he said.
The GHTrack platform transforms data from diverse telematics systems into one logical data stream that can be integrated into business systems. Users of the company's data aggregation services are transport, automotive, ecommerce, retail and wholesale companies and manufacturers.