To support the adoption of digital innovation in the Dutch top logistics sector, the Dutch Logistical Data Space (DLDS) aims to provide a standardized, self-controlled environment to find and share data safely and securely. In collaboration with key partners, Emons Group will deliver the first version of the Dutch Logistics Data Space (DLDS). Read on to learn about the project and take a look at Emons participation.
As supply chains get increasingly complex and disruption events become more frequent, companies need to develop resilient supply chains. Data is considered a valuable asset to drive competitiveness, especially with the emergence of a data economy. In this scenario, digitalization offers opportunities in the logistical landscape through advanced logistical concepts such as dynamic collaborative planning, supply chain visibility, collaborative supply chain risk management, and synchro modality. The need to implement these concepts is clearly seen in the growing pressure to achieve sustainability goals. Yet, the adoption of advanced logistics requires sharing of many forms of data between parties.
The Dutch Logistics Data Space (DLDS)
The DLDS aims to assess and demonstrate the possibilities, values, and requirements in various logistical data-sharing use cases. Moreover, it will provide insights on issues and solutions for logistical data across sectors, borders and similar data-sharing initiatives with different technologies.
Organizations within the DLDS digital ecosystem will be able to share data effortlessly and securely. The environment allows for data sovereignty, where organizations have full control over their data. According to iShare, one of the project’s key partners, the DLDS supports exchanging three types of data: transactional data for operational optimization, big data for analytics purposes, and supply chain for real-time visibility. The technical feasibility and business value of the environment are assessed based on logistics use cases. And that’s where Emons Group makes its contribution, testing real-life applicability.
“Creating the technology is only one component for making it a success, acceptance by the industry and end-users is an equally important component. Sharing data, in general, is a sensitive topic in which trust plays a significant role that cannot be underestimated. The transportation industry is not an exception. The federated concept will not succeed without trust among the end-users, and exactly that is what Emons brings to the table in this collaboration: knowledge, experience and data from end-users, including real relationships with stakeholders including their behaviour and their healthy reluctance of sharing data”.Kevin Lemmens, Data Service Centre Lead
Emons Group & 2WIN: taking logistics to the next level
Van Huët Glass Logistics, part of the Emons Group, provides the business case of incident management for the “glass value chain”. The case focuses on implementing a federated approach for the controlled sharing of event data in the supply chain. If you’re wondering what a ‘federated approach’ actually means – we’ll explain. A federated database is a virtual database that connects different databases via a computer network. This is an alternative to merging distinct databases together. The main advantage is that clients and users can store and retrieve data from the connected databases with a single query on the same interface. Organizations remain owners of their data and that data is not disclosed to everyone like that, but only by triggers that are agreed upon in a so-called “smart contract”. In a smart contract, partners define which data is allowed to be disclosed to which partner, when and with what purpose. In this way, only relevant data is disclosed in a controlled manner adding value (e.g. the transparency), while assuring data security at the same time.
The business application is significant for Emons Cargo 2WIN as the approach can have a powerful impact on climate action. For example, bringing supply and demand for transportation under the same environment improves transport efficiency, reducing CO2 emissions. The approach could also help companies track their carbon footprint. By partnering up with leading technology institutes, 2WIN brings innovation to real-life cases, taking green logistics to the next level.
The DLDS is a collaboration between TNO, BIC (Brainport Industries Campus), University of Twente (UT), iSHARE Foundation, Emons Group, Dexes, ICTU Foundation, Transfiders, Rojo Consultancy, Koninklijke KPN, IJssel Technologies, Marlin Supply Chain Connections, Visma Connect and 4PL Intermodal GmbH. For more information (in Dutch), go to the TKI Dinalog website.
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