The CORE project team has launched an Internet of Logistics demonstrator at an event in Rotterdam.
The demonstrator is a network of physical devices such as vehicles, containers, pallets and vessels which are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data for logistics purposes.
CORE (Consistently Optimised Resilient Secure Global Supply-Chains), is a four-year research and development project, part funded by the EU, to enhance the protection and security of the global supply chain, while reducing its vulnerability to disruption.
It has more than 70 partners including: Maersk; DHL; UK Customs; World Customs Organisation; and Interpol.
The Internet of Logistics involves the development of a data pipeline (the Shipping Information Pipeline) to provide the required network connectivity.
The project team presented a customs dashboard for customs administrations, enabling them to connect to the SIP and collect more accurate data from the relevant supply chain partners about imported goods, which leads to effective de-risking of consignments in trusted trade lanes.
The next major event in relation to the SIP will be an early pilot involving a small number of containers trading between Mombasa and Rotterdam. This will be followed by a full pilot towards the end of 2016 involving various shippers that trade many containers between Savannah in the US and Rotterdam, culminating in a large scale pilot starting in November/December 2016 which will involve multiple shippers and ports, as well as a large number of containers.