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Carfinder: Real-time Vehicle Tracking for AUDI

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Technology Category
  • Functional Applications - Remote Monitoring & Control Systems
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
Applicable Industries
  • Automotive
Applicable Functions
  • Discrete Manufacturing
Use Cases
  • Track & Trace of Assets
The Challenge

A growing range of models and ever-shorter development cycles increase the demands on the manufacturing process. As a result, tracking vehicles inside and outside manufacturing facilities is essential for delay-free quality assurance and to provide transparency throughout all manufacturing steps in the automotive industry.

About The Customer
AUDI AG currently manufactures the A3, A4, A5 and Q5 models along with associated variants at the Ingolstadt plant. In order to improve the overview of the intricate interconnections, AUDI AG intends to support the production process with a vehicle tracki
The Customer
AUDI AG
The Solution

In co-operation with AUDI, IBM® and IBM Business Partner Zebra Technologies designed and implemented the "Carfinder" project, a highly scalable solution for vehicle tracking in real time. Infrastructure, applications, and support processes are implemented within a single centralized system that provides all the information at a glance and thus fulfils an essential requirement for vehicle production.

Data Collected
Production Efficiency, Vehicle Location Tracking, Vehicle Status
Operational Impact
  • [Management Effectiveness - Operation Transparency]
    The close link between the physical manufacturing of products and their digital counterparts in the computer system offers transparency and certainty at all times for employees.
  • [Process Optimization - Real Time Asset Tracking]
    Modern production processes with real-time tracking fulfills the high quality requirements for production with the introduction of many new vehicles and increasingly short cycles.

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