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AR-VR Training for Logistics

AR (Augmented Reality) & VR (Virtual Reality) are disruptive technologies that are transforming the way we communicate and cooperate with each other. VIL is starting a project that analyzes the possibilities of these technologies for logistic trainings.

status: Running | theme: Digitalization | type: Regional

Augmented Reality puts information on top of reality, which blurs the line between what is real and what is not. Virtual Reality creates a whole new reality. It manipulates the senses into thinking you are in a different world. For this you need special glasses and equipment, like a remote control or gloves that registrate hand movements. 

AR and VR can be used to let new employees practice different kinds of logistic operations in a virtual reality.

One of the most important lessons learned from the VIL report ‘Vision in Logistics‘ is that AR has a strong added value for trainings. It has a positive impact on quality (fewer mistakes), which leads to better performance.


The project has economic and social potential: 

  • increasing productivity, reliability and accuracy in performing logistic tasks, by using AR – VR in training
  • decreasing (security) risks of high risk processes, by training with VR and using extra AR alerts and warnings 
  • optimising processes by pointing out changes via AR – VR
  • re-educate employees easily, with limited infrastructure and at little extra costs
  • using AR – VR for testing soft skills in recruitment procedures
  • reducing the amount of movements in the warehouse, thanks to remote help

Specific activities

  • to analyze the needs and tools for trainings today
  • to map out the potential advantages in using AR – VR applications
  • to catalogue current market players of AR – VR software applications
  • to examine best practices, the most important features and integration possibilities
  • to analyze possible applications
  • to map out current problems and points of improvement
  • to create an overview of the different AR – VR solutions relevant to the participating companies
  • to execute multiple proof of concepts at the participating companies
  • to analyze the test results


Start: January 2019
Total lead time: 21 months

Participating companies:

Nine companies: Atlas Copco Airpower, DHL Supply Chain, Generix Group Benelux, Kuehne + Nagel, Lanxess, Nike, Randstad Group Belgium, Scania Parts Logistics and VDAB.


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