MIELE RESEARCH

In an age of increasing globalisation, existing logistics and transport activities have changed such that the ability to compete on an international level must be maintained primarily through fast, targeted reactions as part of a wide-reaching network.

To achieve this, all stakeholders involved in this network must work together cooperatively. Although the capturing, saving, processing, visualisation and distribution of logistics-related data has been simplified using networked ICT systems, new patterns of communication and requirements will emerge in the future.

MIELE OBJECTIVES Interoperable integration of maritime logistics systems

The aim of the MIELE project was to design an ICT system architecture — "MIELE Middleware". This architecture should—as stipulated in Directive 2010/65 EU—be able to integrate existing systems in the maritime logistics environment, such as National Single Windows, Port Single Windows and proprietary Port Community Systems (PCS), in an interoperable manner.

The functional test of this platform was carried out in conjunction with the "National Vertical Pilots", which were initially developed independently in the partner counties of Italy, Cyprus, Portugal, Spain and Germany. During the development of these pilot systems, parts of existing systems were linked to the MIELE Middleware via standardised interfaces.

MIELE PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION

The main activities of the project can essentially be divided into the following activities:

  • Determination of the current situation with respect to the current systems, standards and requirements of stakeholders, such as logistics companies, port authorities, shipping companies and container terminals
  • Specification of national work/implementation concepts based on existing and future technologies and processes
  • Development of "National Vertical Pilots" in partner countries
  • Design and development of "MIELE Middleware"
  • Definition of framework conditions for the productive use of MIELE Middleware following completion of the pilot project

The project implemented under project code 2010-EU-21105-S and co-financed by the European Commission as part of the TEN-T Programme was therefore a study that involved an implementation element in the form of pilot developments. The successful concluding event took place on 21 November 2013 at the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in Lisbon.

A total of 19 partners from five countries (Spain, Portugal, Italy, Cyprus and Germany) participated in the project. Alongside dbh Logistics IT AG, the participants from Germany were Jacobs University Bremen and SIGNALIS. Project duration: September 2010 – December 2013 (3¼ years)

Further information is available at
www.miele-action.org

 

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