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With a constantly growing portfolio of intelligent visualisation solutions and services, Geutebrück GmbH has been addressing the needs of the logistics industry. The integration of state-of-the-art interface technology makes it possible to link information from the ERP system with the camera data in real time and to generate highly efficient solutions from this - a rewarding path to digital corporate transformation for medium-sized businesses. Logistics is one of the German industrial sectors that is most hesitant when it comes to digitisation. According to a survey by the German Logistics Association (BVL), 81 percent of logistics companies have hardly or only partially integrated digital processes into their daily work. At the same time, only 11 percent of respondents believe that digitisation would not benefit their business. In addition to a lack of personnel, the main reasons given for their refusal to digitise are concerns about costs and effort. Countering digitisation hurdles Intelligent technologies and strategies can reduce companies' own efforts in digital transformation For this reason, time-consuming, personnel-intensive and error-prone manual processes continue to dominate day-to-day business in many companies. However, the digitisation hurdles perceived by logistics companies can increasingly be counteracted by modern technology. In the longer term, for example, autonomous means of transport should help to ease the shortage of skilled workers. Even more directly, intelligent technologies and strategies can reduce companies' own efforts in digital transformation. Geutebrück, one of the world's leading providers of video surveillance solutions, has proven this with numerous solutions for the intelligent linking of video and process data. Preventing downtime through real-time communication As CEO Christoph Hoffmann explains: "The connection between cameras and data creates immediate transparency. It enables companies to react quickly to unusual situations, to document critical process steps (particularly important when clarifying liability issues) and to proactively prevent bottlenecks, emergencies or downtime through real-time communication. “A highly developed interface technology such as the one Geutebrück has implemented with years of experience in digitisation projects in various industries is indispensable. As a result, it facilitates the integration of hardware and software systems from a wide range of manufacturers and standards into a single infrastructure.” Images and data for security and efficiency The solutions, which are tailored to the respective requirement situation, protect the forwarding area from intruders, vandalism or damage"Video surveillance solutions from the German-based family-owned company support companies in the logistics industry both in securing assets and in optimising business processes. The solutions, which are tailored to the respective requirement situation, protect, for example, the forwarding area from intruders, vandalism or damage. In combination with the data from the company software, the systems independently identify authorised and unauthorised accesses or entrances. The various entrances to the site are secured by cameras, which automatically record the license plates of all vehicles entering and leaving the site and compare them with the data from Black/White lists. The condition of loaded vehicles can thus also be documented, which is crucial for clarifying possible liability issues: the number, condition and type of goods are visually documented at goods receipt. In the event of irregularities, a quick comparison of the (tamper-proof) image with the target state stored in the business system, realised via barcode and ERP interface, shows whether the number and state of the goods correspond to the specifications. Third-party systems of all kinds, such as barcode scanners, access control or merchandise management systems, can be integrated just as easily via appropriate interfaces, as well as new and existing analogue or IP cameras. Detecting and eliminating errors Image and process data allow the analysis of the situation and the identification of possible sources of errorThe visualisation technologies originally developed for security purposes with their combination of process and image data are now increasingly being used within the framework of logistical processes in the supply chain. Intelligent interface technology makes it possible to immediately detect and eliminate errors in the process sequence (e.g. in package conveyor belts or in the material flow). Within vehicles, the technology is used, among other things, for quality assurance: interfaces to the weighing station or to the cooling system allow deviations from the standard state to be detected. Information such as the actual temperature of the goods or weight is added to the video image in the system and documented. A target value, which is also stored, immediately reveals any deviation. Image and process data allow the analysis of the situation and the identification of possible sources of error. Artificial intelligence as a competitive factor The advancement of such technologies through the inclusion of artificial intelligence enables the transition to a proactive process: for example, the incorrect placement of an object on a conveyor belt can be detected, evaluated and reported in real time, so that intervention is possible before expensive conveyor belt downtimes occur. The use of intelligent visualisation solutions results in considerable financial advantages and an increase in competitiveness" This opens up countless new fields of application. This includes, for example, automatic video monitoring of packaging processes in a wide variety of industries, networked via interface technology with merchandise management, planning or building management systems, or the control of material flows in production. For medium-sized companies with limited resources, this opens wide doors to the digital future. Saves time and money CEO Katharina Geutebrück: "The real-time visualisation - a decisive component of Logistics 4.0 - leads to noticeable time and cost savings and thus to an increase in earnings in the value chain. We're talking about value imaging here. The use of intelligent visualisation solutions results in considerable financial advantages and an increase in competitiveness, especially for German SMEs. “Existing infrastructure can be further used by efficient interface solutions and new technology can be integrated into the architecture without problems. This guarantees investment protection, backward compatibility and sustainability at the same time. High expenditure as an argument against the digital transformation is thus increasingly becoming a lame excuse."
When there is a need to search for a package, this involves a certain amount of work for the responsible person. The route must be traced meter for meter. Every camera that may have picked up the package must first be found in the tracking plan and then the user must manually switch between these cameras one by one to check for the package. With G-SIM VTT, a track & trace solution from Geutebrück, this manual camera switching process is no longer necessary. This function alone significantly reduces the time taken to locate a single package. Further time savings are brought about thanks to the fact that packages are captured and then displayed in the viewers with a time delay. The cameras and backdrops are linked in such a way that facilitates seamless, quick tracking of the processes, which take place at different camera angles. What’s more, this entire process can be performed with a single click. There is no longer any need to wade through the entire video – the process of tracking the package is focused on key details. Small couriers, express and package service providers can reduce the time spent tracing packages by more than 50 percent Improved threat detection G-SIM VTT offers even more advantages: Thanks to the clear video evidence – which is also admissible in court – VTT has made a significant contribution to resolving issues relating to liability. Unjustified goodwill payments are avoided, fewer cases are taken to court, and any instances of theft can be immediately detected. Internal processes are improved, delays and complaints are reduced and overtime hours are decreased. Employees have more time for their core activities, suffer from less stress and call in sick less frequently. The privacy rights are always protected through the pixelation of people or areas. This pixelation can only be decrypted using dual control. With a throughput of 16,000 packages per day, even a small courier, express and package service provider can reduce the time spent tracing packages by more than 50 percent. Using a practical example, Geutebrück has worked out that the amount of time spent tracing each package can be reduced from 5.75 minutes to 2.25 minutes. Over the course of a month, 98 working hours (approx. 2.5 weeks) are saved, while simultaneously improving output and quality.
Highly complex, image-based systems considerably contribute to the clarification of liability issues by providing clear image proof also serving as evidence in court. This is made possible by the simple connection of data and images. Geutebrück solutions have the software function of connecting to existing in-house systems through open interfaces: barcode, RFID, temperature or weight - the linking areas to the merchandise management system are manifold. Automatic number plate recognition As soon as a truck enters the premises, cameras document the condition of the truck, the sealing or the load securing. The automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) helps clarify accidents or damages on the company yard. During the on-off loading, the condition of the packaging is documented at every point. Misloads and un-announced re-placements are also traceable in a few seconds. Since time is money, Geutebrück stores metadata and video images in two databases. In this way, terabytes of material can be searched within seconds and relevant information can also be retrieved weeks or even months later. At the touch of a button, exactly that image is presented that indicates when, where and by whom the damage was caused - or not.