FEDeRATED Masterplan to support supply chain growth engineering

IF FEDeRATED has its way, all logistics chain operators and law enforcement agencies in the EU will soon be able to access the power of pull based data availability and value added services, i.e. artificial intelligence, within the supply chain. The FEDeRATED Masterplan provides them guidance to maximize supply chain visibility and situational awareness, optimize asset capacity and infrastructure use, and making digital technology accessible to all operators while enabling them to develop new services. The reduction of administrative burdens and supply chain resilience would be additional benefits.

WHERE: From Nuorgam in the North of Finland down to Tarifa in Spain, and Cabo de Roca in Portugal (West) to Tsarevo in Bulgaria (East), a data sharing infrastructure provision for logistics will be unfolded. Key elements: decentral and open source. The purpose is to enable operators to digitally connect, to discover market opportunities and also to keep watch over the transport of goods and services from production site to retail outlet through connectivity between individually owned IT systems. These IT systems will be tailored to function as nodes within a data infrastructure provision allowing secure data availability to authorized data users introducing M2M monitoring of the delivery times of transport operations, cargo handling, transport emissions and compliance of legal obligations. The data to be shared - containing information on visibility, identity, business documents, ordering and planning - will also feed a machine learning model that is designed to develop services, such as to measure emission, to assess possible risks and to predict the efficiency of freight transport operations. Daily, operators will receive tailor made messages informing them of the status of their transport delivery time, emissions, possible safety incidents and supply chain disruptions.

HOW: The introduction of this data sharing infrastructure provision should rather not be done through cutting edge technology. Users should be facilitated in an easy-to-use way with minimal investments. Transformational profits should be obvious. The persuading innovation - soul of the machine - lies in semantic interoperability enabling data to being readable for all users. “We have to go beyond standards”, is the opinion, “alignment is key”. To do so, FEDeRATED has developed an open source semantic model that empowers the  operators to align their data, often based on a multitude of various existing standards, with another. This will substantially ease the current bottleneck of no common language hindering seamless multimodal transport operations to taken shape. This semantic model also constitutes the basis for the application of LLM  (LargeLanguageModel) feeding data into a Machine Learning mechanism enabling operators to mechanically programming their data into exchangeable data sets.

WHAT. Based on the FEDeRATED data sharing infrastructure provision, companies and public law enforcement bodies cannot only connect to another in a decentralized manner but also develop their own platform services, thus building their own innovative edge and enhancing the competitive power and sustainability performance of the EU internal market. To speed up this process, FEDeRATED has developed an operational framework, and open source software constituting the foundations for stakeholders to structure their IT systems as a node and to start exploring the merits of open, neutral and secure data sharing.  (more in products)

FEDeRATED end result

The products have been developed by 15 partners and validated in 23 Living Labs enabling federated data sharing between data holders and users. The LivingLabs also provided insights on how to successful achieve stakeholder collaboration for data sharing on an urban, national, EU, and global level. It fueled the FEDeRATED outcome: a proposal for an operational EU federative data sharing infrastructure provision providing common language, controlled access, security, and discoverability functionalities. To comply with these functional requirements, potential participants in this provision are invited to enhance their IT system capabilities to act as a node – Semantics, Service Registry, Identification & Authentication, and Index.

LONG TERM, FEDeRATED wants the EC to switch its smart and sustainable freight transport policy objectives gear to go bigger. The EU is home to rather traditional freight transport market that has left the EU with a data gap.If you want to create change, you need to arm yourself with information, and that starts nowadays with data rather that paper-based documents,” says FEDeRATED. “By providing easy and secure access of real time transport and cargo data and predictive AI, we can help support supply chain operators and law enforcement agencies, measure the extent of climate change, enhance the effectiveness of their operations and accelerate the economic development of the EU”. A structured EU approach on federated and secure data sharing for all stakeholders connected to the supply chain will ease some thresholds preventing digital transformation from happening.

EU GOVERNANCE. Enabling participating stakeholders to migrate their IT systems into a node is not a stand-alone activity. To improve on data sharing capability, need constant gardening, a change management structure. Change and innovation are based on a two-way street communication process, committing both business and public authorities, Therefore, and to safeguard EU organisational interoperability, the EC is advised to develop a governance mechanism to enable the harmonized implementation of the advocated data sharing provision, focusing on capacity building and open-source tool development. This governance mechanism should be developed based on a intertwined a centralized EU level and a decentralized EU Member State level. A monitoring mechanism could measure progress and identify actions to take.

NEXT. The work of FEDeRATED has come to an end. The next stage calls upon all stakeholders to start establishing a network of early adapters.  Few small operators are neither aware nor convinced trustworthy data sharing technologies exist, or are able to afford it. As a rule, FEDeRATED has identified not to force new technologies onto supply chain operators. The most cutting-edge gadgetry they will receive when using the FEDeRATED data sharing infrastructure provision should be not much more complicated than a text message. Groundbreaking tech is only truly useful when it’s invisible and people don’t know they are interacting with it, such as the AI used on smartphones.

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This project is co-funded by the European Commission Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)