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Researching hypernetworks in German logistics

How hypernetworks can increase efficiency, sustainability and robustness of international freight traffic and logistics

The need for a transparent, up-to-date and consistent overview of all available transportation options is growing, along with the steadily increasing volumes of freight traffic and the demand for sustainable transportation.

Hypernetworks offer a solution. They enable transparency across all transportation options and offer the possibility of combining them in intermodal transportation.

The new 4flow research project HEGEL (Hypernetwork of German Logistics) focuses on such hypernetworks. The project began in January 2022, funded by the German Ministry for Digital and Transport (Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr, BMDV) and supported by the test service provider TÜV Rheinland. In the three-year project, partners including scientists from Kühne Logistics University, the Institute for Transport Research at the German Aerospace Center e.V. and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS will sort, collect and process exisiting data under 4flow’s leadership. They will also empirically compile missing data in order to close identified gaps. Project partners 4flow, 4PL Intermodal and Ubilabs will concentrate on practical business uses for the research results, including the extent to which efficiency, sustainability and robustness of supply chains can be increased.