Tim and Philip Morris Manufacturing Technology Bologna have signed an agreement for the implementation of a digitalization project of accesses and logistics in the Crespellano plant, in the province of Bologna, based on Internet of Things technologies. The collaboration, explains a joint note, involves the use of an innovative Yard Management system (management of parking areas) created by Tim and Olivetti, the Group’s IoT digital farm, which will further improve planning and tracking of flows of means of transport and goods entering, parking and leaving the production site, minimizing waiting times for hauliers. The heart of the solution is represented by a digital application, based on IoT technologies, which allows to avoid the formation of queues and stationing. An innovation that, underlines the note, will also have important positive effects on the environment, allowing a consistent reduction of CO2 emissions. The digitalization of logistics will also make it possible to ensure greater security and transparency in the information processes of the supply chain by facilitating controls by the authorities in charge. “We are particularly proud to carry out with the Philip Morris group this project dedicated to 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’s Revenue Officer. “The initiative is also in line with our strategy in the Italian industrial districts, where with our cutting-edge infrastructures and skills we want to support both small companies of excellence and important companies attentive to the potential offered by technologies in the creation of value for the ecosystem ”underlines Rigoni. “The project with Tim goes in the direction of a constant improvement in the efficiency of our production facilities in a logic of sustainability” explains Marco Hannappel, President and CEO of Philip Morris Italia, who added “we are pleased to start a collaboration with a ‘Italian excellence with which we are working to digitize more and more our plant for products without combustion, this year the protagonist of further, significant investments ”. The project confirms the constant search for the best technological solutions to improve the sustainability of the production site also in synergy with companies from different sectors. In fact, the partnership with the Tim Group is part of a series of collaborations and investments of the Philip Morris group in the Italian industrial landscape. Furthermore, both companies collaborate with the BI-REX Competence Center in Bologna – set up by the Ministry of Economic Development as part of the Industry 4.0 government plan – with a specific focus on Big Data.