First Future Logistics Living Lab project kicks off

Supply chain solutions provider Linfox is one of the first companies to test and evaluate ‘Holodeck’, a brainstorming mobile application prototype, developed by SAP Research in Australia.

The collaboration was initiated during a Future Logistics Living Lab workshop in April this year, when SAP Research presented its current research work to Living Lab participants and selected SAP customers and partners.

The Holodeck application supports brainstorming and business modelling across locations in a completely novel way – by using an iPhone connected to a standard projector, Holodeck transforms any flat surface into a virtual smart board. Participants from different locations can collaborate by capturing content from the meeting using the iPhone’s camera, and the application extracts objects visible on the whiteboard (such as notes and drawings) and distributes them to other participants to create a virtual whiteboard session.

The application is integrated with SAP StreamWork which allows users to save and access the results after the meeting, as well as share it with other StreamWork users.

Chris Hemstrong, group manager, supply chain solutions at Linfox, said the company will use the technology to facility brainstorming between team members located at different sites.

“We will use it when initially scoping and determining the direction of projects, as well as for strategy development. Linfox will also use Holodeck for value stream mapping for projects that run across multiple sites,” Hemstrong said, adding that the company is currently trialling Holodeck on several projects.

SAP Research architect Dr Marek Kowalkiewicz, who is leading the Holodeck project team, said, “We are thrilled to co-innovate with Linfox on our prototype. While our colleagues from Linfox get the chance to test Holodeck in their business environment, we expect to gain feedback on usability, receive ideas for possible new features, and identify problems with the application.”

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