In light of the increased global threat of terrorism and organized crime on the one hand, and strong growth in the global trade of goods on the other hand, the requirements for greater transparency with respect to international container transport movements on the part of companies and government bodies form the main focus of CASSANDRA. 

SECURITY THROUGH TRANSPARENCY Common Assessment and Analysis of Risk in Global Supply Chains

In order to improve cross-border transport movements with respect to border controls and trade regulations while maintaining a high level of security, CASSANDRA focuses in particular on this transparency within supply chains.
The strategic objective of the project was therefore to increase security through optimised visibility of existing information and integration of this information into the supply chain.

PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION Project success through Living Labs

The project was carried out in the context of "Living Labs", in which the three global trade lanes of China-Europe, Europe-USA and Europe-Africa were assessed as example situations. A Living Lab here describes a research approach that takes the development of a new product out of the laboratory and into the real world. Each Living Lab analysed the systems used and the interfaces involved in data communication along the supply chain between the stakeholders involved in the trade lane in question.

The heterogenous systems were then integrated into a new data sharing concept by way of example, with a comprehensive data pipeline forming an integral component of this concept.

In this data pipeline, the required data, starting from its creation, is supplemented with additional required information at each process step along the supply chain and is immediately available to the stakeholders via individual points of access. This means that the data flow corresponds better to the container flow.

CASSANDRA 26 partners from ten countries

Led by TNO, a total of 26 partners from ten different European countries concentrated on electronic data traffic to achieve the objective. These partners included leading companies from the logistics and information technology industry, as well as customs authorities, border control authorities and port management companies from major container ports such as Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Barcelona and Setúbal. Alongside dbh Logistics IT AG, project participants from Germany included the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL), as well as the Senator for Economics, Labour and Ports in Bremen.

The project implemented under project code FP7-SEC-2010-3.2-1 (GA No. 261795) and co-financed by the European Commission as part of the "SEVENTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME" built on previous EC FP7 projects such as INTEGRITY, SMART-CM and ITAIDE. An official project review was carried out during the final consortium meeting on 8–9 May 2014 in Delft.

Project duration: July 2011 – August 2014 (approx. 3 years)

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