Transport and Logistics Living Lab


Neil Temperley

Locked Bag 9013, 1435 Alexandria, Australia

Tel:+61 2 9376 2163



Transport and Logistics Living Lab
Data61’s Transport and Logistics Living Lab is, in every sense, a living and breathing lab, with active participants from industry, research and government, sharing information and collaborating on joint projects to drive the productivity of the nation.  
The Transport and Logistics Living Lab is an exhibition space located at Data61 in the Australian Technology Park, Sydney, Australia. The Living Lab is also a vibrant community; driven by a mix of industry, research organisations, universities, government agencies and IT providers.  
This national Living Lab is one of several ‘Knowledge Hubs’ that are jointly supported by industry members and the NSW Government.  As a Knowledge Hub, the Living Lab will facilitate the connection of a fragmented Transport and Logistics industry to innovation and best practice activities with the goal of making Australia’s transport and logistics sector more productive, efficient, greener and safer.

The Living Lab’s industry-driven approach can address pain points such as transport inefficiencies, blockages at interfaces, lack of standardisation and fragmented visibility of end-to-end transportation processes. The Living Lab explores new ways to orchestrate transport and logistics services across multiple service providers, modes of transportation and countries. Results from the Living Lab will be commercialised by the participants leading to new products, processes and services in logistics. We expect outcomes to have a positive impact on the competitive positioning of Australia’s businesses and on GDP.   
The purpose of the Transport and Logistics Living Lab is to deliver innovation to the Australian logistics industry to
•    make logistics more efficient, productive, greener, safer
•    be a world recognised thought leader

The lab brings together industry, research and government to work on real world problems and solve them with innovative technologies. The Living Lab assists industry in cost effectively addressing challenges such as rising fuel costs, increasing road congestion, reducing emissions and improving safety. Industry participants drive the agenda of world-class research within the Living Lab community.

The lab enables ‘rapid prototyping’ in a low-cost, low-risk environment to fast-track innovation by
•    creating new technologies
•    testing new technologies
•    demonstrating new technologies

The exhibition space will evolve to tell multiple stories of how information and communication technology (ICT) can be used to improve the levels of efficiency, sustainability and safety within supply chains.  Using futuristic demonstrations the lab will showcase technologies created and tested by participants in the Transport and Logistics Living lab.     

Continued collaboration with leading industry participants, input from the world’s best research institutes and support from our government partners will enable iconic projects to tackle real world problems. The lab aims to generate external funding through industry and government partners to finance projects that will create national wealth with economic, environmental and social impact.

Through existing networks we intend to extend close business relationships with living labs around the world.  A strategy will be built around the parallel issues that global labs are confronting in their local industries with a goal to share information and outcomes to benefit international markets.    

In 2015 the Living Lab aspires to be viewed as a world leader delivering innovation to the logistics and supply chain industry.  The Living Lab network will offer internationally recognised expertise through conferences, white papers, events and access to the best people and research available.
References and Track Record

Since the launch in 2011 the Living Lab has had over 3200 visitors through the exhibition space including industry experts, academia and government VIPs.

Today the network of Australia’s first Living Lab has more than fifty participants including Data61, Aderco, Advantech, AECOM Australia, the Australian Federation of International Forwarders, the Australian Institute of Export, the Australian Logistics Council, Cargo Community Network, CargoHound, Casella Family Brands, Ceebron, Chainalytics, Commerce Plus, Connexxions, CSIRO, Data61, DB Schenker, European Network of Living Labs, ESRI Australia, FourPL, Fraunhofer, FreightXchange, Freight and Trade Alliance, Gamma Solutions, Google, GS1 Australia, Hamburg Süd, Linfox, Memko, nFactorial, NSW Ports,  NSW Trade & Investment, Transport for NSW, 1-Stop Connections, Ortec, Paperless Warehousing, Patrick, Petcha Group, Premonition, Profile21, PTV Group, QUBE Logistics, Ramp, SAP, StarTrack, Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia, Shoppr Network, SICK, Sotaeria, Stockwell, the Transport And Logistics Centre, TBA, Trimble, WinWorld, XAct Solutions, Victoria University, The University of New South Wales, The University of Sydney and The University of Western Sydney.

Neil Temperley
Transport and Logistics Living Lab Leader
Visit our website to watch a video of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to the lab.
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