Bridging the IT gap – be part of an Internet of Logistics project

Bridging the IT gap – be part of an Internet of Logistics project

TIACA’s Shipper Advisory Committee (SAC) is calling for industry leaders to join an Internet of Logistics project powered by the Digital Cargo Forum (DCF). The DCF brings together all members of the multimodal supply chain, from shippers and freight forwarders, to financial service providers and insurance brokers, to act as a testbed for companies to try out Internet of Logistics concepts. 

The focus of Internet of Logistics is to bridge the gap between the hands-on cargo user community and the IT community supporting them. Lars Magnusson, pictured left, responsible for Business Architecture, Deliver, at Ericsson AB and member of the SAC explains. 

The logistics industry has long been struggling with digitization, visibility, and trust across the multi-modal supply chain. 

In order to change this, there is a need to find a way of working where supply chain participants collaborate using open standards to co-develop digital projects for improved visibility, transparency, security and efficiency in the industry. 

The DCF was created in th

e Spring of 2017 to do just this and we have been collaborating with TIACA’s SAC. 

An important part of the DCF’s work has been to identify use-cases that make business sense and can be implemented without changing the whole eco-system. 

The starting point is the ability to be able to identify the latest observed location of a transported item, which currently requires fixed equipment in a closed or semi-closed environment.  

Using an internet-based Unique Resource Identifier (URI) approach opens this up to all devices connected to the internet and this will develop further with the introduction of the 5G Internet Of Things (IOT) connection. 

By combining real-time location dat

a with other mission critical data types such as temperature, humidity, shock, light, use-time, open-closed, or other types of status, the way is paved, not only for passively following an item, but also making forward-looking decisions based on the collected data.  

Among the initial ideas, we see everything from preventive maintenance, to security applications, as well as energy and time saving planning efforts. 

Based on trials, DCF members have already developed an ‘Air Freight Pouch’, which has been put to practical use as part of the International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s e-freight drive, the ONE Record Initiative. 

We are now gearing up for widening this development team and plan activities focusing co-development and evaluation of the DCF “Shippers Pouch” at the upcoming TIACA event in Budapest (Executive Summit, 19th to the 21st November 2019) 

The TIACA SAC team is now looking for shippers to actively support the co-development effort. 

Please contact the TIACA SAC secretariat if you are interested in participating, byemailing