Munich-based start-up “blik”, the winner of the first RIO Start-Up Pitch Night, is now launching the first test phase for its intralogistics solution at its pilot customer MAN Truck & Bus. The pilot project involves using sensors to track load carriers in real time as they make their way between the MAN factories in Munich and Salzgitter. Planning processes can be made simpler and more transparent thanks to this data. The team at blik has been continuing to develop its digital service for logistics process optimisation with RIO as part of the accelerator programme lasting several months. RIO has supported the start-up from Munich with specific mentoring and coaching, as well as financial assistance to the tune of €50,000.
“Start-ups like blik in particular play an important role in developing new technologies, innovative services and products, and digital business models. As a result of the cooperation and mentoring, they benefit from our expertise, while RIO and its partners on the RIO Platform, in return, profit from the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit; the aim is always to create more efficient logistics solutions for the industry,” says Martin Kaspar, Technology and Start-Up Scout at RIO. RIO CEO Markus Lipinsky adds, “An open and shared approach is truly a key feature of our platform. We are managing to achieve a connected transport and logistics ecosystem thanks to the exchange of ideas and the cooperation between countless small and often very innovative companies and the heavyweights within the sector.”
Around 100 axle load carriers – which will be making their way between the MAN factories in Munich and Salzgitter over the next few weeks – have already been equipped with sensors for test purposes for the pilot project with RIO; this will make it possible to pinpoint their position in real time. The dispatch managers in charge will also be able to view the load status of the load carriers (full or empty). As a result, blik provides valuable insight into processes in real time, helps to streamline scanning, and creates a basis for optimising processes within the transport and supply chain. If the pilot phase is successful, the idea is to integrate the system within the RIO Platform. The entire test fleet has been provided by the SCHERM Group. The SCHERM Group is an international system service provider in the automotive industry with a focus on procurement and production logistics.
“Through our work together, it’s become clear that RIO and blik complement each other perfectly in their mindset and their vision: at blik, we create transparency in warehouses and production sites – and RIO does the same for freight routes throughout transport and logistics chain. We’ve been working together to create an intralogistics service which adds plenty of value for customers. We’re delighted that this solution is now being used and tested at MAN Truck & Bus, a skilled and experienced enterprise,” says Bastian Burger, CEO of blik GmbH.
Using a combined software and hardware solution, blik GmbH makes it possible to monitor goods and processes in real time for smart industry. This involves using active sensor technology with an operating life of several years to log and track thousands of parts at the same time. The data that is generated by this procedure is analysed and made available to the customer in real time. This technological approach enables companies to reliably track several products or load carriers concurrently. In addition to providing greater transparency, customers primarily benefit from reductions in costs and savings in time along the entire logistics chain.
RIO launched its own accelerator for logistics start-ups last year. blik was selected as the winner from more than 70 applications after a final selection round at the Start-Up Pitch Night in Munich on 13 July 2017.