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DiSCwise - Digital Supply Chains for European SMEs

DiSCwise is a European demonstration action aiming to improve the competitiveness of the transport & logistics sector in Europe, through the smart use of ICT. It seeks to improve the supply chain management in the sector and get stakeholders more connected, in particular smaller sized enterprises, by assisting their integration into efficient co-modal supply chains. This will help smaller enterprises in the transport and logistics sector to connect efficiently with key market actors and thus emerge to global business players.
The DiSCwise project aims to Develop, Demonstrate and Deploy a Common Framework for Interoperability in the Transport and Logistics Sector in an effort to:

  • integrate small and medium sized providers of transport & logistics services into efficient supply chains at affordable cost
  • enable all transport users, regardless of their dimension, to select environment-friendly alternatives
  • make European supply chains more efficient by providing state-of-the-art visibility and collaboration capabilities.

DiSCwise approach

The integration of small and medium sized companies into co-modal supply chains requires three essential capabilities:

  • The transport & logistics services offered by providers must be visible and easy to use by their clients as part of co-modal door-to-door transport chains.
  • Interactions between stakeholders must be easily established at a cost affordable to all.
  • Organisations already able to communicate electronically using existing solutions and standards like UN/CEFACT or UBL standards should not be obliged to replace their existing investments.

The DiSCwise project makes use of a Common Framework for ICT in Transport & Logistics. The ‘Common Framework’ enables interoperability in co-modal transportation. It consists of roles, business processes, ontology and messages to support interoperability in the domains of logistics demand & supply, supply chain security & compliance, and cooperative traffic management systems.
The Common Framework enables companies to exchange data and share processes with other companies. It is not a software program, but rather a set of specifications and guidelines that allow interaction between the different data exchange systems used by clients and providers of transport & logistics services. The Common Framework can be used by IT staff to adapt their in-house systems to exchange data adequately.
The DiSCwise project builds on the ‘Common Framework’ to allow Transport & Logistics Service users, including SMEs, to more easily use sustainable transport alternatives. Making the services available via a web interface or at low cost integration provides them with a choice of transport alternatives and contributes to a more competitive transport & logistics marketplace.
Using interoperability standards and a web-based collaboration platform, the boundaries between clients and providers of logistics services are overcome. The interoperability standards hold the necessary information to agree on the planning, booking and execution of transport & logistics services, whereas the collaboration platform makes it possible to connect clients and providers, in particular SMEs, with minimal integration effort.

How DiSCwise will work

  • For those who have insufficient ICT capabilities, DiSCwise will provide two low cost applications, the User Application and the Provider Application. These applications may be accessed using a web browser.
  • For those who have installed ICT capabilities already, DiSCwise introduces connectors to enable communication using the Common Framework messages.

The tools and systems demonstrated in DiSCwise are based on integration and do not require replacing existing ICT-applications.
DiSCwise proposes to improve the integration of small and medium sized transport & logistics service providers into efficient digital supply chains, allowing clients to make more informed choices regarding the planning and execution of transport & logistics services. Co-modality is made easy-to-use for SMEs by enabling them to plan and execute door-to-door transport chains in which multiple services are being combined.
To improve the interoperability of ICT systems in transport and logistics, DiSCwise develops the Common Framework for transport and logistics information systems by focusing on two main pillars: Interoperability and standards.
Interoperability allows the integration of the systems of different stakeholders within the supply chain so that they can easily communicate and exchange data based on agreed and pre-arranged structure and content. This includes publishing, ordering, and reporting status on the execution of transport & logistics services.
Standards ensure a common understanding of information exchanged, including a way of identifying, classifying, procuring and delivering products or services. Within DiSCwise this approach is being applied to transport & logistics services.

For Users
DiSCwise offers a method to electronically plan and execute co-modal logistics activities. The User Application will be used to:

  • Consult availability of transport & logistics services including information about timing, cargo features and other relevant service attributes that may be presented.
  • Optimise logistics planning - based on the availability of transport & logistics services, advice will be provided as to which co-modal logistics alternative can be used.
  • Execute the preferred logistics alternative – the chosen alternative will be executed and monitored in order to achieve both reliability in delivery and efficiency in handling individual operators.

For Providers
DiSCwise offers capabilities for publishing the availability of transport & logistics services and enables providers to accept orders from their clients. The Provider Application will be used to:

  • Publish available transport & logistics services to potential clients in a standardised format
  • Negotiate electronically with clients to enable terms and conditions to be agreed efficiently
  • Report status of transport, cargo and load unit to clients so that complete visibility is achieved

To learn more about the DiSCwise project and how it can benefit you, visit:
View the video presentation of the DiSCwise project



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