Dispatching in Logistics

Efficient optimization algorithms for resource planning and vehicle routing are an important factor for a life-saving hospital.

Optimal Dispatching in Logistics of Hospitals

The aim of the project is to develop an optimization engine for Opti-Trans®, a software tool for dispatching transports requests (for patients and/or supplies) in real time.

Grafik Krankenhauslogistik
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Schema of the logistics of a hospital

  • dispatching of transport requests to staff operating on foot as well as to vehicles (including multi-passenger rides)
  • consideration of desired pickup/delivery times, priority of the transport, special required equipment, ancillary transport means and medical staff, etc.
  • dial-a-ride problem with additional hospital-specific constraints
  • efficient optimization algorithms for resource planning and vehicle routing
  • improved quality of the transport service through reduced waiting times for patients
  • lower running costs through decreasing travel times, avoidance of empty trips, and improved resource usage

Project Partners

  • SIEDA GmbH, Kaiserslautern
  • COMEXAR AG, Lachen (CH)
  • Städtische Kliniken Frankfurt am Main - Höchst

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