Powered by advanced data collection methods and predictive analysis techniques, an innovative U.K. logistics model has the potential to produce worldwide efficiencies and new best practices for the global supply chain industry. In an initiative developed by agent based intelligent, integrated and innovative logistics (abi3l), a research and development project partially funded by the British-based >technology strategy board (TSB), a model using complex data sets and intelligent analytical methods was created to help determine the investments and policies required for freight and logistics to deliver improved economic growth.
Among the issues addressed in the model include the location, function and magnitude of logistics investments to optimize returns, the impact logistics decisions operations have on public infrastructure and traffic congestion and a thorough analysis of the ways in which supply chain goods are transferred and delivered to their end destination. According to Supply Chain Standard, the abi3l warehousing and distribution plan is the first of its kind to utilize extensive data integration and predictive modeling among its road, rail and port modes.
Intelligent supply chain software remains at the forefront of the initiative and serves as an example of how data collection and analysis tools can lead to improved logistical efficiencies, increased revenues and opportunities to influence growth trends on a local, national and global scale.
"The abi3l team has delivered a unique agent model of the UK freight industry that will be a significant asset in embracing complexity within the design of future intelligent supply chains," said logistics software professional Jason Gardner in Supply Chain Europe.
Other logistics experts, like Alan Braithwaite, have come to a similar conclusions about abi3l's effort to use integrate intelligent data sharing tools to improve logistics and future decision making capabilities. While there is still more work to do to further develop the model, its prototype already represents a huge leap forward for supply chain distribution.
"This technology will provide a toolset to support major companies and the public sector to collaborate intelligently on how to deliver sustainability in freight transport," said Braithwaite.