ICT Demonstration centre for the logistics sector

ICT demonstration centre for the logistics sector

The Public Demonstration Centre, located in the Zaragoza headquarters of the Technological Institute of Aragon is a place where companies related to the logistics sector can perform practical technological demonstrations of innovative Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products and services to their customers. It came from an agreement between the public entity Red.es, under the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, and the Technological Institute of Aragon, under the Department of Industry and Innovation of the Government of Aragon.

Concept of ICT Public Demonstration Centre for the Logistics Sector

A Public Demonstration Centre is a location where interested ICT companies can practically demonstrate technological products and services designed to improve productivity and competitiveness to potential technology users.

It can also serve as a meeting point between innovation and business needs.

Mission

 To act as a meeting point between ICT companies providing technology and logistics sector companies seeking solutions to increase the productivity and competitiveness of their products and services.

 Vision

 To be a reference in the promotion and dissemination of the use of ICT in the logistics sector, mainly by providing technological consultancy, information and training.

 Objetives

  • To act as a meeting point between the ICT sector providing technology and the potential demand of logistics companies.
  • Disseminate the benefits of logistics companies incorporating ICT into production processes.
  • Facilitate technology transfer, specialised services and knowledge between the ICT and logistics sectors.
  • Provide companies with technological consultancy, information and training.
  • Place the technology testing and innovation resources in the hands of businesses.

Supply Chain

The supply chain is a concept that encompasses many areas. Our Demonstration Centre can provide virtual representations of supply chains, material flow, information flow and management regulations. These models in turn can be connected to the different existing management systems in the supply chain (e.g. ERP, WMS (SGA) and SCM) and operation testing of computing tools performed on them.

We also have a physical model of an automated warehouse, with a stacker, a loading module and two order picking stations. The transport components are to scale, but the management and control system are industrial. This allows us to experiment with different management regulations before implementing them on real systems.

Smart warehouse

  • Automatic programmable order picking system with the most innovative identification and data capture equipment technologies, including the following:
    • Automatic readers RFID HF/UHF technologies.
    • Vision identification systems:
      • Digital line cameras (black/white and colour).
      • Area cameras (black/white and colour) with different resolution levels.
      • LED bars ultraviolet, infrared and conventional white light.
      • Synchronisation components, by photocells and pulse encoder for tracking.
    • Order picking system, Put-to-Light technology.
    • Programmable module incorporating the following components:
      • Dynamic Scale.
      • Barcode reading systems
      • OCR system.
      • System volume measurement.
      • Tracking system.
    • Monitoring and control system, SCADA-type.
    • Electrical and safety systems. 
  • Smart warehouse with technologies aimed at increasing productivity in storage processes:
    • Picking system: pick-to-light and pick-to-voice.
    • Industrial mobile terminals.
    • Automatic identification portal using RFID HF/UHF and vision technology.
    • Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI): Shelves with automatic stock management by sensor control system.

Intelligent transport

A software solution for evaluating traffic operations of any scale and complexity. There are many applications, but some of the most common are:

  • Evaluation and optimisation of Traffic Signal Priority (TSP) plans and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).
  • Feasibility studies on High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes and high occupancy tolls.
  • Analysis of the impact of design improvements, e.g. infrastructure improvement or new road construction.
  • Environmental impact analysis.
  • Tariff and toll roads.
  • Evaluation of traffic demand management strategies.
  • Signal control plan optimisation (TRANSYT-Aimsun interface) and evaluation of adaptive control.
  • Safety Analysis.
  • Assessment of variable speed policies and other intelligent transportation systems (ITS).
  • Analysis of the Highway Capacity Manual (HCM).
  • Management of zones with road works.

Point of Sale

Automatic identification system

The aim is to perform demonstrations of product flow and traceability within a shop environment. It facilitates the process of checking the weight of products (via an integrated scale) and reading product label reference numbers (using the barcode reader). The different system components are as follows:

  • Exit unit with a structure containing:
    • Automatic conveyor belt for product entry.
    • A mechanism (roller or disc) to facilitate product exit.
    • An auxiliary drawer.
    • POS terminal.
  • Scales, built into the conveyor, with the following features:
    • Weighing up to 25 kilos.
    • Accuracy of at least ± 25 g.
    • Acoustic or light signal for valid weight (completion of error-free weighing process).
  • Barcode reader with the following features:
    • Fixed, built into the structure or outlet box unit.
    • Bar code readers: one and two dimensional.
    • 5-sided reading of product via bioptic scanner.
    • Acoustic or light signal for valid weight (completion of error-free weighing process).

Intelligent shelving

Provides real time 'stock' levels for each product in demonstration environment, which not even large 'retail' chains can control yet. The solution consists of 5 levels of shelving, 150x50x200cm with the following systems:

  • RFID inventory system.
    • RFID HF reader unit.
    • HF reader antennae (range 50cm).
    • RFID label printer.
  • Inventory system by sensors.
    • Weight control zone: 5 load cells, range 0-10kg.
    • Induction control zone: 20 inductive sensors with detection range 1.5-40mm.
    • Capacity control zone: 20 capacity sensors with detection range 1.5-40mm.
    • Optical control zone: 15 programmable optical sensors with measuring range 50cm.
  • Vision inventory system.
    • 20 miniature low-cost cameras.
    • 10 infrared cameras.
    • 30 white light LEDs for illumination.

IT infrastructure

Technical room ACP4364 equipment:

  • Computing infrastructure.
  • Storage infrastructure.
  • Web infrastructure and communications.
  • Logical Solutions (web, applications, databases, email and IP telephony).

Demonstration room equipment:

  • Computer equipment: PCs, laptops, and mobile devices.
  • Access to all computing, storage, networking and communications infrastructure.
  • Projection equipment and TVs.

Meeting Room equipment:

  • Videoconferencing System.
  • Projection equipment.
  • Digital whiteboard.