Wed, 21 Apr 2021

Optimization of in-plant traffic using smartphone navigation.

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The Problem

The BASF site in Ludwigshafen am Rhein is the largest integrated chemical facility in the world, with a surface area of approximately ten square kilometers. The site’s infrastructure is very complex, consisting of around 200 production plants, 2000 buildings, 230 km of tracks, and 106 km of roadways. Every day 39,000 employees are joined by several thousand visitors and external service providers accessing the factory site. These employees and visitors need to find their way to their destinations within the facility as quickly and efficiently as possible — something that isn’t easy given its sheer size!

The Solution

The Navigation App, developed for BASF as part of the NaviLu-Project, allows traffic at the factory site to be actively controlled. By minimizing the time external HGVs spend at the site, optimal use is made of existing traffic infrastructure, and the risk of accidents is minimized.

The infrastructure data required for process support, and the map data needed for routing – not available in standard navigation systems – , are maintained via BASF’s central Area Management.

The app was developed to work offline using turn-by-turn navigation, and ArcGIS Runtime SDK for .NET as a cross platform for smartphones. It will be made available on iOS and Android platforms. ArcGIS Enterprise is used as the central information hub connecting the central order system, Area Management and the smartphone app.

The Results

Geocom’s navigation solution allows workers, visitors and HGV drivers to use their smartphones to safely reach their destination in the factory, taking into account the daily traffic conditions at the factory site (stoppages and diversions, etc.). Integration with central logistics minimizes the need for user interaction with the app.

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