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will be connected to the Internet and will have a digital voice, so that they will be able to identify themselves, communicate and cooperate with other devices. Last but not least, this is a platform of information and communication technologies designed for monitoring output in real time along the entire supplier chain, assisting firms to foresee all the potential disruptions of availability in real time by means of alarms. Maximum visualisation, for example of stock movement, is a key requirement for supply chains. Logistic service providers are strengthening their competitiveness by automatic order picking in the stores. Efficiency can also be increased by the reorganisation of key logistics processes. What are your expectations for this year in your line of business? This year, logistics will also be doing well in transport, as the evaluation of current overall and foreign demand is practically unchanged in comparison with 2017. The finished product stock indicator has stayed at the same level for three years running. A positive factor is that entrepreneurs in

industry are expecting production to be growing faster in the next three months. Employment is approximately the same in month-on-month comparisons and the expected development indicators for the entire economic situation until the end of the year are showing positive values. Confidence in the industry sector is higher in comparison with 2017. How do the other states in the CEE region compare in logistics and transport? The most attractive logistics locality in CEE is Central Poland. The first five localities in the rating are scattered all over the region, each of them being situated in a different country. Istanbul, for example, ranks 2nd, Prague 3rd, Bucharest 4th, and Budapest 5th. These results are part of a comprehensive report called “Expansion of the logistics properties network”, compiled by Prologis. The main Central and Eastern European attractiveness factor is low costs (e.g. labour and property costs). The development of the infrastructure in those countries, however, does not meet the economic development requirements.


our eyes and at the same time to have the hands free. Developers of consumer electronics expect that in future this technology will substitute for today’s modern smartphones by using smart glasses fitted with 3D depth sensors, enabling the person wearing them to physically control the visualised virtual picture. Development is forging ahead. For example, eye lenses are being tested that will be controlled by wireless communication between the smartphone and blinking. Drones – unmanned aerial vehicles – can be remote-controlled and fly autonomously according to programmed plans, or with the help of dynamic autonomous systems working through implemented sensors. Today, drones are used in activities linked with inventorying. The greatest challenge for logistics is the fourth industrial revolution, the undeniable climax of the Information Age, where the real and the virtual worlds are very rapidly getting ever closer to each other. This process will lead to a concept defined as the “Internet of Things (IoT), which describes the future where everyday physical objects

Czech Business & Trade - Engineering  
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