Maintaining an overview in dispatching with the innovative logistics information system from our partner Wolf Software

The fundamental objective of transport logistics is the transport of the right goods in the right quantity and the right quality to the right place at the right time – and of course at the right cost, which should be as low as possible. These targets are commonly known as the “6 Rs of logistics”. As briefly and succinctly as this endeavor is summarized under this keyword, as extensive and complex is the model in reality. A wide variety of topics ranging from fleet structure, human resources and remuneration models to legal requirements, social regulations and tolls are of importance for transport logistics. How is one supposed to keep track of all this?

Holistic approach to mapping transport logistics

To solve this issue, our partner Wolf Software has developed the logistics information system LoGo 3. It follows the approach of mapping transport logistics holistically and not just considering individual aspects such as route planning. Wolf Software has thus translated its many years of experience in the logistics industry into a logistics information system that has now been established on the market for more than 30 years. The industry-independent software solution includes all components of modern logistics management with comprehensive planning, management and controlling of transport logistics as well as personnel and fleet management. The information gained in one area is automatically available in the other sub-areas – for example, the vehicle cost rates determined in fleet management are used for further route planning.

Screenshot showing an example of the Wolf Software logistics information system LoGo 3

Modular design caters to individual needs of each customer

The solution offers decision-making guidance for management and can be individually tailored to customer needs thanks to its component-based structure. Despite the all-round approach, the system has a modular structure, so that not all sub-areas necessarily have to be used. Instead, the modules can be freely combined in order to find the ideal configuration for every application. The following basic modules are available:

  • Framework tour planning
  • Tour scheduling
  • Post-trip calculation with customer result calculation
  • Personnel administration, if necessary with incentive wage system or commission
  • Fleet management, if necessary with fuel data and repair management

Additional modules are available for many basic modules, such as checking compliance with social regulations, downloading and archiving digital tachograph files, toll calculation and many more. A wide range of interfaces to leading and subsequent systems complete the offer.

Market-leading map freshness and accuracy powered by HERE Technologies

The integration of HERE Technologies’ online map services has replaced the previously static digital maps in the system. The global map coverage and continuously updated map material from HERE result in many advantages for Wolf Software’s customers. For example, the administrative effort for installation and updating is eliminated, while more precise toll calculations and the use of real-time traffic and traffic reports are made possible. In addition, the integration of HERE offers the possibility of map rendering with satellite display, current traffic and truck attributes as well as the implementation of route optimization taking historical data into account. For its logistics solution, Wolf Software relies on HERE Geocoding & Search as well as HERE Routing and HERE Tour Planning APIs in addition to the HERE Map Rendering Service. Wolf Software chose to use HERE because of the market-leading timeliness and accuracy of its map data. The integration of the services into the current software development was easy thanks to the use of modern software interfaces.

Maximum flexibility through usage-based licensing

MBI supports Wolf Software with all questions and difficulties through our HERE Distribution. In doing so, we advise on all location-related requirements and assist with our many years of expertise in all support issues. Marc Wolf, project manager at Wolf Software, says about the partnership: “With MBI, we have a professional and competent partner at our side who has supported us quickly and easily with questions as well as the implementation of HERE in our solution since day 1. We particularly appreciate the good and uncomplicated communication and the fact that our needs are always individually addressed.”

Through the MBI HERE Distribution, partners like Wolf Software have the opportunity to test products in advance and check for compatibility with their requirements and solutions. For maximum flexibility, MBI adapts licensing on a per-use basis without an increased minimum purchase.

Customized all-in-one solutions regardless of company size or industry

With the LoGo 3 logistics information system, Wolf Software offers customers in a wide range of industries such as beverage or food wholesalers, but also breweries, support and assistance with all information and management processes related to distribution logistics. Regardless of company size or industry, individual comprehensive solutions including a practical and implementable strategy and process planning can be created in order to achieve defined goals with sustainability. Wolf Software’s solution in combination with modern telematics systems from various renowned providers closes the loop of electronic order processing to the customer and enables a more accurate and faster flow of information with transparency and high data quality.

If you too would like to gain an improved overview of your transport logistics, please contact our partner Wolf Software directly. For more information on our extensive HERE Distribution portfolio, please contact our Sales team.

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Release: Market data for Germany 2022

Exemplary illustration of a woman shopping for the update of our market data for Germany 2022

As a supplier of globally consistent and comparable geographic, market and risk data, companies from all industries trust the quality of our data. Through strict and continuous quality controls as well as releasing annual updates, we ensure the highest standards.

Recently, our update for the market data for Germany 2022 was released. In our wide range of purchasing power indicators and retail-relevant data, we have updated the purchasing power, retail spending, retail centrality index, consumer spending and online purchasing power for Germany. This data is available for administrative and postcode area boundaries. For more information, please contact our Sales Team.

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Save money and protect the environment with carpooling – Sustainable mobility with twogo and HERE Technologies

Driver using the smart ride-sharing solution twogo as an app on his smartphone

Full parking lots, high fuel costs and lots of exhaust fumes: Driving can be exhausting and puts a strain on the environment, the infrastructure and last but not least your own wallet.

Twogo – the smart carpooling solution from Schwarz Mobility Solutions GmbH – helps companies, municipalities and all users to make daily commuting more sustainable and relieve the surrounding infrastructure as well as the parking situation at company locations and in cities. Carpooling reduces CO2 emissions as well as ensures less traffic on the roads and a better climate. In addition, the ride-sharing solution makes it possible to reduce the high fuel costs due to shared journeys and also provides for networking among commuters – thus not only strengthening climate protection but also cooperation.

Sustainable mobility through ride-sharing

Through twogo, 70,000 journeys are arranged worldwide every year. In the process, 1.9 million kilometers of driving distance are saved by creating carpools. To compensate for the amount of CO2 saved each day, 32,444 trees would be needed. Winfried Hermann, MdL, Minister of Transport of the State of Baden-Württemberg describes the carpooling solution as follows: “Twogo is a smart way of sharing the way to and from work with colleagues. Ride-sharing saves solo trips and thus reduces environmental pollution. Apps like this are a good contribution to a new, sustainable mobility.”

Carpooling pays off for everyone – companies, communities or event organizers

The twogo ride-sharing solution can be used in all industries and sectors and is the smart mobility platform for companies, municipalities and event organizers, but also schools as well as clinics and thus for everyone who wants to ride together. Twogo was developed specifically to meet the needs of commuters and business travelers and arranges carpooling opportunities automatically, efficiently and precisely. The ride-sharing solution ensures modern mobility in everyday life, relieves the traffic infrastructure and supports the achievement of climate goals.

Twogo uses HERE Technologies services in its app. Specifically, the app uses HERE Location Services for twogo rides to ensure precise localization and navigation. The HERE service enables intelligent route calculation in order to arrange as many carpools as possible with the least detour. In addition, historical traffic data is used to assure that carpoolers can be given a realistic arrival time for their ride. Lastly, twogo uses HERE Geocoding & Search API to auto-complete the address entry as well as determine the address when using location determination. HERE provides twogo with the widest range of different geopositioning and routing interfaces from a single source, allowing twogo to cover most use cases with one partner. This significantly reduces the complexity of development.

Schwarz Mobility Solutions GmbH and MBI have a long and trusting partnership. Careful consulting and targeted workshops ensure that Schwarz Mobility Solutions GmbH is informed about current trends in the area of location intelligence, as well as products from the HERE portfolio. As an experienced partner, MBI continuously assists with support questions as well as the implementation and integration of new functionalities, for example by advising on forward-looking topics for the long-term further development of the twogo app.

Exemplary representation of the smart ridesharing app twogo on a smartphone

Individual additional functions complement the smart algorithm

The ride-sharing solution is available as a cross-platform mobile app (iOS, Android) and web app and can be downloaded by users free of charge. After completing registration, a ride request can be entered in just a few steps. Thanks to an intelligent matching algorithm, twogo automatically searches for and arranges a suitable ride within a very short time. The user is informed by SMS or e-mail about the carpooling opportunity and all relevant information about the upcoming trip.

With twogo, individual additional functions such as pool vehicle management, gamification, individual branding or reserved parking spaces can be made available. In addition, users are shown alternative trips by public transport. Precise and simple route planning based on historical traffic data is provided thanks to HERE Technologies.

The carpooling solution is currently available in over 25 languages and is being continuously upgraded.

Would you also like to protect the environment and save money at the same time? Download the mobile app now for free from the App Store or Google Play Store. For more information, please visit the twogo website or follow twogo on LinkedIn. If you are interested in our HERE Technologies Distribution or MBI’s comprehensive portfolio of geographic, market and risk data, please contact our Sales Team.

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Release 2022 – More than 2.8 million postcode areas in 248 countries worldwide

Illustration showing the postal, admin and microgeographic boundaries for Belin, Germany as an example

Karlsruhe, April 21st, 2022: With the 2022 release, our annual update of the data vintage for a large number of countries in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Oceania has been published. In addition to the adaptation to the most recent data level, numerous administrative, postal and microgeographic area boundaries have been revised or newly added.

As of now, additional digital boundaries are available for the following levels:

  • Turkey (Mahalleler),
  • Portugal (7-digit postcode areas),
  • China (Townships for Beijing and Shanghai),
  • Serbia (Statistical Districts),
  • Algeria (Communes),
  • Netherlands (6-digit postcode areas),
  • United Kingdom (Unit Postcodes) and
  • Malaysia (5-digit postcode areas)

Due to the seamless coverage of postcode and administrative area boundaries, country borders fit together seamlessly without overlaps or gaps to enable cross-country analyses.

As a manufacturer of international data, MBI knows the challenges that are placed on the data required. This is why the world’s leading companies across all industries trust and value the quality and timeliness of our data. We ensure these standards through the most precise research, thorough monitoring of current developments, strict and continuous quality controls, as well as annual updates and extensive upgrades.

From Release 2021 to Release 2022, the format of our digital boundaries has been further optimized. In addition to the existing standard data formats .shp (Esri), .tab (MapInfo), MIF/MID and .gdp (GeoDataBase), our global area boundaries are now also available in .geojson and .tabx formats. Since the 2022 release, all delivery formats are OGC-compliant in order to guarantee good compatibility for use in different GIS systems.

The update also includes the addition of City Points and Additional Names to the database. City Points contain valuable information on the geographical location and size of cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants. Additional Names contain country-specific information on the names and languages available in each country, as well as their language and writing systems, which can be used to support query and analysis processes in the country-specific writing system, for example.

An up-to-date database is essential for efficient planning. With our globally consistent and comparable geodata, we provide our customers and partners with a solid basis for well-founded business decisions. Ray Roberts-York, Managing Director of Michael Bauer International GmbH, explains in this context: “Especially in recent years, there’s so much change, and the world around us is evolving faster than ever. To keep up with these developments, an up-to-date database is of great importance. Through regular revisions and adjustments of the data vintage, our data reflects the dynamically changing environmental conditions and supports companies across the globe in making complex decisions.”

Matching the global area boundaries, MBI offers market data (purchasing power, consumer typologies, sociodemographic data, consumer spending, etc.) at administrative, postal, and microgeographic levels. Together with postcode, administrative or microgeographic area boundaries, these enable even more effective and efficient decision-making. For more information, please contact our Sales team. The full press release can be found here.

MBI data offering in numbers, Release 2022

Our experts are continuously working on the improvement, adaptation and micro-level expansion of the global map and databases.

Current number of countries worldwide: 248

Current number of area boundaries (polygones) worldwide (per area level):
Postal: over 2,819,000
Administrative: over 198,000
Microgeographic: over 3,035,000

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On a ride through the USA on the most iconic road – guided by Route 66 Navigation powered by HERE Technologies

Image showing the various services around the Route 66 Navigation app

Route 66 measures 4200 km, passes through eight US states and its route is clearly defined. Conventional navigation solutions calculate the fastest route – a highway route – and they can avoid dirt roads, but no solution has been able to navigate a traveler along a pre-defined route yet.

Unique mobile app supports tourists from across the world with navigating along the historic Route 66

In 2017, Touch Media, founded by Jan Svrcek and Marian Pavel, aimed to change exactly that by focusing on developing the unique Route 66 Navigation app. After a challenging period of development and testing, in 2018 the first navigation worldwide for historic Route 66 was launched successfully. The app’s immediate success prompted the company to develop comprehensive services for tourists driving along Route 66 like a unique travel guide e-book available in 8 languages as well as the Route 66 Passport for collecting stamps while visiting attractive places along Route 66. If that sounds interesting to you, stay tuned for our giveaway at the end of the article! Of course, the pandemic – knocking global tourism to near zero – was a huge challenge for Touch Media. But instead of merely surviving, the company became the world’s largest operator of services for tourists traveling on Route 66. For the 2022/2023 season, they finally expect the return of tourists from all over the world – and are preparing by enhancing their Route 66 Navigation app with some major improvements, including Apple Car Play support. This is a big step in meeting customers’ needs, as they soon will be able to use the application comfortably on multimedia systems of rental cars and Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

One of the many happy customers reviewed the app as follows: “If you are planning a trip to the US to do Route 66 don’t hesitate, just download this app. It will save you a massive amount of hassle. We have just returned from our road trip and the first 2 days were hell trying to follow the signs for Route 66. The signs would be well posted at first and then disappear leaving us to wonder if we were still on the route or had made a wrong turn. This app that was recommended by one of the attractions we visited was an absolute lifesaver. It took all the stress out of the rest of the journey and I am positive that we would have missed many of the attractions had we been trying to follow a map. Highly recommend”.

Offline navigation on a predetermined route has been the biggest challenge

When looking for a supplier of a suitable navigation SDK for the Route 66 Navigation app, there were two essential requirements: Navigation has to work offline and at the same time the user must be able to navigate a predetermined route. Marian Pavel, CEO of Touch Media, remembers: “With great surprise, we found that both of our requirements were a problem for several key navigation solution suppliers in 2017”. He then explains: “After discussions with various global suppliers of navigation solutions, we have concluded that HERE Technologies provides the most comprehensive portfolio of services and products that meet our requirements. Although sometimes integrating HERE solutions into our products is not entirely easy, it still provides solutions that we can customize the way we need to”. Touch Media is using HERE Navigate SDK available for iOS, Android and Flutter. The HERE Navigate SDK allows you to develop true offline navigation, downloading some regions or even a whole country. In the online mode, traffic services give you an overview of congestion and upcoming travel time. More information can be found in the comprehensive feature list.

For developing their Route 66 Navigation app, Touch Media uses a special tool – a tablet app in which they can define the navigation route in real-time and even modify it, for example, if one of its sections is closed. This internal tool communicates with the Route 66 Navigation application and therefore the route can be adjusted directly in the app at any time to respond to the current situation on the road. Another impressive feature of the app is that there are different variants of Route 66, just as its route has changed during history. Feedback from customers is highly appreciated to continuously improve the Route 66 Navigation app. For example, the goal for this year is to develop a combination of features to meet the specific requirements of the companies’ American customers.

Don’t miss important checkpoints – the application includes points of interest along the route

The application also contains another practical functionality for travelers which is truly unique. During navigation, the app displays push notifications on the screen as tourists approach certain points of interest, ensuring that they won’t miss any interesting places along Route 66. Moreover, the notification can be clicked for more details on the respective place. A functionality planned for next season will also allow tourists to choose with a filter which points of interest they want to see while driving along Route 66 and which they don’t want to visit.

Touch Media is being supported by MBI as one of the first global HERE Technologies Distributors. Marian Pavel, CEO of Touch Media, explains why the company chose MBI: “We greatly appreciate an active personal approach and flexibility in dealing with our requirements at MBI. In developing our application, we need a partner whom we can contact with questions and who is also helpful in solving any problems. We found that in MBI”.

If you caught the travel bug and want to visit Route 66, you can download the Route 66 Navigation iOS or Android app or visit the website for more information. Another endless source of information and exchange with fellow Route 66 enthusiasts is this Facebook group. For more information about the wide portfolio of data and location services provided through our HERE Technologies Distribution, please contact our Sales Team.

By signing up for our HERE Technologies Distribution Newsletter, you get the chance to win a package including a t-shirt, Route 66 Passport and Route 66 Navigation prepaid card as preparation for your own trip down Route 66! The closing date for entries is May 31, 2022.

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MBI at the CARTO Spatial Data Science Conference 2022 in New York

Only one out of every three data scientists has extensive expertise with geographic data. This rapidly growing group, which sits at the crossroads of GIS, Advanced Analytics, and Data Science, is addressing some of the most important challenges in both the private and public sectors. Since 2017, the CARTO Spatial Data Science Conference has brought together brilliant minds to talk about the newest and best in spatial analytics.

After sponsoring the online event in 2020, we are delighted to announce that we will participate in the in-person event in New York this year. The event will gather Data Science, Advanced Analytics, and GIS specialist across the globe, bringing together a variety of businesses and organizations asking crucial location-based questions: about our cities, for commercial impact, and, most importantly, for sustainability.

The CARTO SDSC will take place on Thursday, October 20th 2022 at Columbia University in New York. We are looking forward to meeting you there!

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Webinar in German: A new system conflict? China’s rise and the strategic challenges for the West

China has become a global powerhouse not only economically but also politically. Hardly any international challenge can be solved without China today. This creates a tense field of regional and global conflicts in which China, the USA, Europe and also Germany have to position themselves. The American-Chinese relationship is characterized by mutual sanctions. Germany and Europe are setting the tone with supply chain laws. Conversely, global supply chains are under pressure from China’s zero-covid strategy, which further risks production plant closures and delivery delays. Businesses feel the geopolitical tensions directly as they try to meet conflicting compliance requirements from the West and China. While China continues to gradually open market access to foreign investors, regulatory requirements are increasing. For example, increased enforcement of Chinese cyber and data security regulations requires companies operating in China to make adjustments to their operating procedures. In addition, a major political event is coming up in the fall of 2022: The 20th Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party will not only provide an outlook on China’s future strategy, but will also bring about major personnel changes. Against this background, the entrepreneurial management of political risks is noticeably gaining in importance. Therefore, together with Funk – one of the leading insurance brokers and risk consultants in Europe – we are hosting a webinar on the developments in China and possible implications for companies.

You can expect the following content:

  • A well-founded overview of the tense situation in China/USA/Europe
  • China expert Dr. Stephan Kuntner from Funk discusses China’s strategy and points out solutions for companies
  • An overview of initial regulatory tightening, e.g., as a result of the Supply Chain Act, shows approaches to risk management – in addition, an overview of hedging options concludes the webinar
  • During a Q&A session, participants have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in dialog with other interested parties

Participating in our webinar will provide you with:

  • Increased understanding of the relevance of China and other players as well as potential impacts on companies/industries
  • Conveying the need for professional handling of this conflict and political risks in general
  • Promotion of a dialogue in the area of political risks and holistic risk management

We offer two different dates for you to participate in our webinar:

Wednesday, May 18th 2022
10am – 11am CET
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Friday, May 20th 2022
10am – 11am CET
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Webinar in German – The Ukraine crisis and its potential impact on businesses

In light of the extremely tense situation in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, as well as a multitude of conflicts worldwide, the corporate management of political risks is noticeably gaining in importance. That’s why we’re teaming up with the Funk Group – one of Europe’s leading insurance brokers and risk consultants – to host a webinar on the Ukraine crisis and potential effects on businesses.

You can expect the following content:

  • In-depth overview of the current situation in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine
  • Introduction of three potential scenarios for the further course of the conflict and their implications for companies
  • Outline of preventive and reactive measures, especially in the area of crisis management
  • Opportunity for further and more in-depth questions and dialogue during a Q&A session

Participating in our webinar will provide you with:

  • Deeper understanding of the relevance of the Ukraine crisis and potential impact on your own company/industry
  • Understanding of the need for professional handling of this conflict and political risks in general
  • Facilitation of a dialogue in the area of political risks as well as holistic risk management

We offer two different dates for you to participate in our webinar:

Wednesday, February 16th 2022
10am – 11am CET
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Friday, February 18th 2022
10am – 11am CET
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Release 2022 of area boundaries for Europe

Update of the European digital boundaries

In our new release 2022 we publish updates of the administrative, postal and microgeographic digital boundaries for Europe. The updated layers have been adapted to the most recent data level across Europe and extended with additional layers.

For the 2022 release, “City Points” are included as a standard addition. City Points provide you with valuable insights on the geographic location and size of all cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants.

Digital area boundaries help you to display and analyze spatial areas on a map. They can be easily matched and attributed with company internal data (e.g. sales figures, sales areas) or our global market data (purchasing power, consumer types, sociodemographic data, etc.) on administrative, postal and microgeographic levels.

Contact our sales team for more information on the geographic levels of each country and a non-binding quote.

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