Angela Merkel previews new German-Australian logistics app

As part of her G20 trip to Australia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has visited NICTA, a research and development centre in Sydney, to preview a new mobile app jointly developed by the centre and logistics giant DB Schenker

The mobile app, due out in early 2015, will ensure accurate tracking of packages in the final leg of parcel delivery while enabling small delivery companies to provide “proof of delivery”, which triggers payments for their work across regional and remote Australia.

“DB Schenker, as one of the world’s biggest logistics providers, has had a presence in Australia for more than 50 years. So it was a great opportunity for us to present to the Chancellor during her visit this important joint collaboration that will ultimately assist so many Australians,” said Ron Koehler, CEO of DB Schenker in Australia.

“Using GPS technology, we can track deliveries kilometre by kilometre across the country. But that final kilometre, or step, in the delivery process, has been a stumbling block in the full completion of any transaction and delivery.

“Our mobile app is specifically designed for truck drivers providing low-cost connectivity, via the cloud, to assist them in the pickup, delivery and payment processes.

“It will allow the driver or transport company to enter travel details, GPS coordinates and vehicle identifiers at any time during the transport process to indicate any delays, which may be caused by traffic conditions, road closures or mechanical breakdowns.”

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