Study Tour "Internet of Things: Increased efficiencies in supply chain

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11.09.2016 | 09:00 AM
14.09.2016 - 03:00 PM
Dortmund, Germany

Study Tour to Germany for Irish Organisations active in the area of Internet of Things in the logistics sector. The funded study tour will include site visits to research institutes and companies, seminars, group discussions and a visit to the 34th Future Logistics Congress in Dortmund.

You could be part of a group of decision-makers from policy-making, industry, business and media in Ireland to travel to Germany on a practical study tour.

The intensive programme will include site visits to research institutes, universities and companies involved in IoT technologies in the supply chain. In addition, you will visit the 34th Future Logistics Conference in Dortmund, which will feature Showcases on Industry 4.0 in the supply chain, industry, retail, the industrial data space, how SMEs can apply the latest industry 4.0 developments to their business and English language podium discussions.  This will be followed by a visit to the renowned Frauenhofer Institute, followed by company site visits and technology demonstrations.

These companies and research institutes span a broad range of disciplines such as connected factory 4.0, discrete manufacturing, energy efficiency and connected buildings, gateways, data Mining and embedded systems, IoT technologies in storage and warehouse facilities, filing and packaging systems, IoT in water and Wastewater Treatment, Predictive Analytics, IoT in delivery processing systems, process improvements, scheduling and optimization solutions, selection process for wide area networks, Sensors and sensing materials and wireless actuators.

Please see below for a draft programme. We will be updating this regular and posting a confirmed programme by the end of August.

Draft Programme

Why Internet of Things in the logistics sector? 
Internet of Things presents a unique technology transition that is impacting all our lives and will have huge implications for the business of logistics. As we move from 15 billion connected devices today to some 50 billion by 2020, and embed sensor technology and analytics throughout organisations, companies will enjoy unprecedented visibility into operations, enabling new sources of value. This visibility, in turn, will transform how logistics providers make decisions, including how goods are stored, monitored, routed, serviced and delivered to customers. There is a hidden value yet to be realised.  

Objectives of the Internet of Things Study Tour

  • examine in a practical way how Germany is utilising and benefiting from Internet of Things concepts and technologies in the logistics sector
  • find solutions that could be implemented in Ireland
  • build relationships with industry experts in Germany and Ireland
  • promote active co-operation between Ireland and Germany in the area of Internet of Things in the supply chain

Advantages for Participants

  • Programme tailored to your requirements (your input into programme as it is being designed)
  • Observe and learn from international best practice in the field of Internet of Things
  • Learn about the most recent trends and developments
  • Learn in a practical way how Ireland can benefit from new and emerging Internet of Things concepts
  • Build relationships: connect with some of the leading German experts in the field as well as being part of a select group of Irish experts.
  • Free of charge – you only pay for flights, accommodation and expenses (travel costs in Germany are funded)
  • Be part of the Future Logistics Congress in Dortmund


Places Available

There are a minimum of 10 places available for multipliers and decision-makers from policy-making, industry and business in Ireland. The study tour is of interest to the following types of organisations:

  • membership bodies and associations with an interest in Internet of Things
  • technical policy-makers and advisors
  • government and local authorities
  • universities and research institutes
  • public service bodies
  • Irish organisations from the fields of science, economy, politics and administration

Should you be interested in participation please click on the button below and fill out the:

Registration form

Potential German participants from diverse areas such as:

Logistics and warehousing companies; sensors and measuring technology; robotics; IT; data mining; classic industrial companies; research institutes; membership bodies 

Testimonials from previous study tours
“The organisation before and during the tour was exemplary and resulted in the seamless delivery of what was a full schedule of presentations and sites visits. The range of topics covered was extremely well thought out and clearly demonstrated Germany’s substantial progress in the area of Smart Grids. An extremely useful and enjoyable study tour on Smart Grids!” Rory Mullan, MullanGrid Consulting, Smartgrid Study Tour, April 2015

“The benefit of these site visits above traditional presentation sessions is in the practical nature of being able to view technologies in use, as well as a greater level of interaction with the German experts, which is much more inspiring and informative. I certainly won’t forget the great experiences and lessons from this tour any time soon.” Tony Carroll, CEO of Smart Grid Ireland

“Very good trip, very well organised and a very interesting group of delegates who were all very well informed on all aspects of energy efficient lighting.” Vincent Murray, Limerick City Council, Energy Efficient Lighting Study Tour, June 2012

“Chartered engineers should always take their lead from best international practice in their field. Germany is the acknowledged leader in the field of energy efficiency technology….I was very grateful for the opportunity to connect with some of the leading experts working in the area of energy efficient building.” Ronan Healy, Fore Enterprises Ltd, Co. Westmeath @ Energy Efficient Retrofitting training course in Germany, April 2009 

More Information
If you would like to get involved or receive more information, please contact:
Ronan Harbison, Commercial Director, DEinternational Ireland
Email: ronan.harbison(at);
Tel: +353-(0)1 6424 312

This study tour is organised by the German-Irish Chamber of Commerce in the framework of the German Mittelstand of the Federal German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.