Two combined ERTICO projects will create European logistics data exchange network


The European Commission (EC) supported AEOLIX and SELIS projects will combine their resources and start developing and testing end-to-end supply chain visibility across the European logistics network for the first time.

Multinational project partners from Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Greece, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, the UK, Slovenia, Ireland, and Portugal have expressed their commitment to be involved in the ambitious AEOLIX (Architecture for EurOpean Logistics Information eXchange) and SELIS (Shared European Logistics Intelligent Information Space) projects. Overseen by ERTICO-ITS Europe, the overarching goal is to streamline logistics operations by developing a cloud-based IT platform for supply chain actors to exchange data and services. The AEOLIX-SELIS approach is the first step towards fully digital transport operations with clear benefits for the transport industry: lower costs and greater transparency, to make logistics more efficient.

By using a combined approach in the unique network of the two AEOLIX and SELIS platforms, transport operators across Europe will be able to provide input electronically, store logistics information, and exchange data in real-time during future trials. With the financial support of the EC, the AEOLIX members (ATOS, PTV Group, UNITS, GeoNLS CERTH, T-Systems), together with the SELIS members (ILS, ICCS, CLMS, eBOS and ELGEKA) will set up a ‘living lab’ of ‘end-to-end s visibility across the European supply chain. The creation of a federative network of platforms is in line with the EC’s recommendations of a DTLF (Digital Transport Logistics Forum) and the organization’s vision for the future of the logistics industry across the continent.

“The AEOLIX and SELIS projects remain key contributors to achieving this goal,” said Eusebiu Catana, ERTICO’s senior manager for the AEOLIX platform. “To address the challenges and reap the benefits of data sharing in supply and logistics, a federative network of platforms and peer-to-peer solutions is necessary. This network of interoperable platforms will be created by means of protocols supporting data sharing services, thus allowing individual organizations to electronically share data with all the other relevant stakeholders.”

Nikos Tsampieris, project manager for SELIS, added, “Standardization of platform services enables individual platform providers to increase their market share, individual organizations, all enterprises and authorities, to select a solution of choice, and innovative companies and SMEs to develop novel functionalities, and deploy new services and innovative apps. Since there are many stakeholders involved, governance needs to be established to ensure sustainability of the solution.”

Tsampieris and Catana concluded that, “AEOLIX and SELIS are glad to be able to involve members in this innovative approach and work together towards a digital exchange infrastructure and more efficient future for mobility.”

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