Bolloré Transport & Logistics, Next4 and the IMT Mines Albi engineering school have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop new traceability functions for goods flows based on the study of data gathered by Internet of Things (IoT) sensors.
The partners are hoping to unlock synergies between their various fields of activity in order to improve the agility and resilience of the supply chain relative to the transport of containerised goods.
Next4, a partner and supplier of Bolloré since 2018, has developed a solution enabling its freight forwarder and shipping company customers to monitor containers around the world.
In July 2019, Next4 initiated a joint research lab with IMT Mines Albi to co-design new innovations based on the real-time analysis of data from its trackers using artificial intelligence (AI).
Seeking to provide Bolloré Logistics customers with new optimisation and prediction functionalities, its parent company decided to join forces with this pooled research laboratory.
The company intends to equip shipments with Next4 trackers in order to analyse the data using AI models currently under development, and thus propose new services to its customers.
It will also be the first to offer functionalities developed via the Next4 platform, itself interfaced with Bolloré Logistics’ Link traceability platform.
Last year, Bolloré Logistics launched Real Time Monitoring, an offering based on the IoT and smart data processing.
Featuring a proactive alert management system, the new solution developed by the B. Lab1 enables the end-to-end and real-time monitoring of shipments while guaranteeing the integrity of the goods transported.