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Smart reusable boxes for pharmaceutical logistics

March 1, 2024

“A logistics system consisting of intelligent reusable boxes and shelves that makes the transportation of pharmaceuticals faster, cheaper and more sustainable.” This is how project manager Gerald Schneikart describes the vision behind DigiPharmaLogNet, a recently completed research project by the Institute for Digital Transformation and Strategy (IDS) at FHWien der WKW.

Gerald Schneikart (Project Leader DigiPharmaLogNet), Andreas Holzleithner, Peter Entenfellner (both BOOXit) and Walter Mayrhofer (Head of Research at FHWien der WKW) presented the prototype of the reusable smart box at the Ilmac Pharma Logistics Days 2023 in Basel (from left to right).

Together with partner companies, innovative solutions were developed for the last 30 kilometers of the pharmaceutical supply chain. The focus is on reusable, digitally supported plastic transport boxes whose position and internal temperature are recorded by sensors. An AI-based routing system is intended to suggest an optimal route to the drivers that adapts to the destination and the medicines being transported. The smart boxes will also communicate independently with the shelves of the pharmaceutical logistics companies.

You can read more about this project, which has already resulted in two ongoing follow-up projects with FFG funding, on the DigiPharmaLogNet project page.