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TIM teams up with Philip Morris to digitalise logistics

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TIM Group will enable the multinational to better manage the flows of transport and goods in the Bolognese plant of Crespellano.

TIM and Philip Morris Manufacturing & Technology Bologna are to run an IoT project to digitalise access and logistics at the Crespellano plant in the province of Bologna.

The collaboration will use of Yard Management, created by TIM and Olivetti, the Group's IoT digital unit, to improve planning and tracking of vehicles, transport and goods entering, parking and leaving the production site to minimise hauliers' waiting times.

Avoiding traffic sitting in queues or stationery will also reduce pollution, improve security and provide greater transparency of the processes involved in the supply chain, providing timely information to those in charge.

Wider digalisation goals

The partnership with the TIM Group is part of a series of collaborations with and investments by the Philip Morris group in the Italian industry: both companies collaborate with the BI-REX Competence Center in Bologna which was set up by the Ministry of Economic Development as part of the government's Industry 4.0 plan with a specific focus on big data.

"We are particularly proud to carry out this project with the Philip Morris group on a production site of great importance for the local economy and which represents an effective example of collaboration with the actors of the various production chains", said Federico Rigoni, Chief TIM Revenue Officer.

"The initiative is also in line with our strategy in Italian industrial districts which is to use our state-of-the-art infrastructures and skills to support small companies of excellence and important companies realise technologies' potential to create value for the ecosystem". [Translated from Italian]

Marco Hannappel, President and CEO of Philip Morris Italia, said the project confirms the constant search for the best technological solutions to improve the sustainability of the production site in synergy with companies from different sectors.