In order to contribute to the overall objective of improving interoperability between the sea and the other transport modes by developing new port/ship/train/inland interfaces, WiderMos will develop 5 pilot projects, centered in the 5 ports of La Spezia in Italy, Barcelona in Spain, Rostock and Kiel in Germany and Leixoes in Portugal, focused in the development of an IT based Corridor management platform (acting as a Logistic Single Window) in order to allow a seamless shipment management and communication within the supply chain; the pilots aim at overcoming specific bottlenecks with a focus on paperless logistics /e-customs processes (eventually including e-seals) with priority for the integration of Inland/seaport terminals and rail.
The activity is divided in several implementation steps.
The Corridor Management Platform is a network of business interoperating platforms where shippers and other logistic actors could control their operations throughout the formalised supply chain.
The Corridor Management Platform support Business-to-Business processes, with a concept of one-stop-shop for logistics services, involving private clients and service providers.
The Corridor Management Platform will interconnect systems of different actors: carriers, logistics integrators, ports and other logistics platforms.
The Corridor Management Platform will interconnect intermodal transport networks which include maritime, road and rail related information systems. On one hand it will increase the visibility of all stakeholders involved in a commercial transaction (mainly businesses) requiring transport and logistics services: freight owners, train traders, railway companies, railway infrastructure managers, shipping companies, port infrastructure administrator, short and long distance transport companies and in the other hand it will allow the collaboration among them by the use of collaborative tools and shared decision making processes.
An important aspect of information flow between computers and stakeholders are the actual interfaces, message formats and information exchange protocols utilised. Different standards exist and there is a need to link them with an agreed framework covering aspects such as semantics (meaning of information elements and the relationship among them), vocabularies, etc., to ensure that the information is understood in the same way by different organizations or stakeholders.
It is essential that new information systems have the capability to operate with legacy systems which will be retained by many stakeholders. Another important point is the fact that the transport and logistics domain is still a highly -based paper sector.
There is a need of ICT solutions adoption. Widermos CMPs will be an affordable, reliable and trusted option for SMEs to take part in international trade and commerce flows at a very competitive cost.
Corridor Management Platform specific benefits:
In addition to the general benefits described above, here are included some of the WiderMos system benefits for companies: