Grenfell Tower – managing the aftermath

On 14th June, Grenfell Tower, a 24-storey, tower block of flats in North Kensington erupted into flames. Emergency services worked tirelessly to ensure as many people were rescued as quickly as possible. Once stabilised, the UK united with an influx of donations and volunteers. The aftermath was labelled “absolute chaos”, with little communication with residents regarding rehoming and a lack of coordination. As volunteers figure out how to communicate with residents and the councils’ involvement is criticised, Nick Hawkins, Managing Director EMEA at Everbridge will discuss how critical communications technology can streamline relief strategies and ensure action is timely.

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ESET Breaking News – Petya – Analysis of TeleBots’ cunning backdoor

No doubt you have heard of the Petya ransomware attack that hit many computer systems around the World. That attack was spearheaded by the malware ESET products detect as DiskCoder.C (aka ExPetr, PetrWrap, Petya, or NotPetya). This malware masquerades as typical ransomware: it encrypts the data on the computer and demands $300 for recovery. In fact, the malware authors’ intention was to cause damage, so they did all that they could to make data decryption very unlikely.

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‘Rude’ Cerne Abbas Giant gets tennis makeover in tribute to Andy Murray






London UK, 3rd July 2017: After announcing that he’s expecting his second child, Andy Murray received more giant news this morning – when Paddy Power erected the daddy of all tributes to the British No.1.

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WannaCry virus fails to stimulate surge in Cyber insurance, according to FWD broker research

The recent ‘WannaCry’ ransomware virus attack was heralded as the wake-up call for businesses concerned about their cyber security. A recent survey of 250 UK insurance broking firms, however, shows that following the attack there has surprisingly been little increase at all in the number of enquiries for Cyber insurance cover.

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Physical Internet: Rethinking Logistics

4th International Physical Internet Conference in Graz from 4 – 6 July 2017

Karlsruhe, Germany, 03/07/2017. Sending goods through open channels as easily as information via the internet – that is the vision of the Physical Internet (PI). It applies the principle of exchange of standardized data packets to material flows in order to make transport logistics more efficient, flexible and environmentally friendly. The 4th International Physical Internet Conference looks at the steps and solutions required to make this vision come true. PTV Group will present its new concepts and projects at this unique event, which takes place at LogistikWerkstatt (LogisticsWorkshop) in Graz from 4 to 6 July 2017.


Putting ideas into practice

Since Dr. Benoit Montreuil, Chair and Professor at Georgia Tech, Coca-Cola Material Handling & Distribution Center, Atlanta, GA, presented his vision of a Physical Internet, it has evolved from a visionary approach to an international research initiative. And it has influenced the concepts of logistics in industry and trade. “Hyperconnected“, “synchromodal“, “collaborative“, “modular“ are the buzzwords that are linked to PI. Standardized modular boxes, the cooperation of all parties involved in storage and transport, collaborative planning and execution of transport, an open concept for the exchange of information and data – these are the basics required to turn PI into reality. And they help optimise the entire supply chain.

In recent years, leading companies have adopted this visionary approach towards a powerful integrated transport system. This trend also becomes visible at the International Physical Internet Conference and the Graz LogisticsWorkshop, attracting high-calibre representatives from research and science as well as industry and trade. The standardization organization GS1 Germany recently introduced special standardized containers for the supply of goods. This type of container was designed and tested as part of the EU project MODULUSHCA – the first project towards the implementation of the PI, which was coordinated by PTV. Standardized cargo carriers, which allow individual items to be combined onto a single shipment, are the basis for an integrated logistics system at European level. A single system for all parties involved helps coordinate central depots and warehouses and implement an open concept. The test results will be presented at the conference.

Clusters 2.0: Get connected!

Marcel Huschebeck, Manager Logistics Research at PTV, is also in charge of the coordination of the new EU project Clusters 2.0, which will be presented and discussed at the conference in Session 12 on 6 July. The workshop focuses on the synchromodal initiative CargoStream which aims at developing a platform for the exchange of data between shippers and transport companies. The platform will combine the shipments so that they can be allocated to transport modes in a synchromodal manner. This demand-oriented approach will also take into account all kinds of restrictions, such as available time slots. CargoStream is an important part of Clusters 2.0 designed to facilitate cooperation between shippers and transport companies at all levels. Various approaches, such as the development of new intermodal corridors or the role of a so-called trustees for cooperative transport management, will be discussed by the experts.

The devil is in the detail

Smart geocoding is the basis for all processes across the transport chain. Precise coordinates are a must for precise transport planning. In his presentation “Smart geocoding for accurate and reliable delivery planning and execution” Dr. Michael Nutto, Solution Director PTV xServer at PTV Group, will go into details about accurate transport planning. Because it’s often the detail that causes the headache. For example, the postal and delivery address might not be identical. If the barcode contains the postal address instead of the delivery address, which refers to another part of the building or an adjacent building, it will be difficult for the driver to deliver the goods. The routing information is no longer correct. This means the driver must ask for the right delivery address, he might even have to park his vehicle somewhere else and will thus waste valuable time.

PTV’s knowledge-based systems can help identify and adjust the precise position and provide the driver with all relevant data in real time, including detailed information, such as a route description to the postroom within the building. Drivers can thus avoid tedious searching and ensure reliable delivery. Dr. Nutto will speak at the Conference Workshop 1.2 Interconnected E-Commerce Logistics on 4 July at 3.05 pm.

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