The security of logistical processes is based on current information about the goods and the subsections in the logistics chain. Important is information about the location and condition of a transport good and the requirements to be dealt with. Today, this information is often not available, which can lead to problems in complex logistics chains. This also creates risks through organized crime, product piracy or terrorism.
The goal of Trans4Goods is to increase the safety and security of land transport of goods by improving the traceability of goods movements. An IT concept is to be developed, which bundles the multitude of data collection and communication systems in one web portal. In addition, auto-ID data storage is tested on the goods as a new technical solution in order to track safety-relevant data (such as size, weight, means of transport, temperature, location and control methods) in real-time. Appropriate encryption methods are being investigated for these data.
The IT concept includes software that analyses the state of the logistics processes in real time. It is intended to trigger an alarm or make suggestions for security measures if the deviations of the data collected are not comprehensible. The developed solutions are tested in a demonstrator and evaluated with a cost-benefit analysis. Legal analysis verify conformity with legal regulations and make recommendations for their future design.
On the basis of a process and requirement analysis in the field of the pharmaceutical industry and associated transport logistics, technical and organizational measures were developed which are used to optimize the security situation and system innovation of the supply chain up to the end customer. Optimization measures and individual technologies were not considered individually in this case, but holistic and across various companies, in order to cover issues such as the human factor, organization and administration as well. Special emphasis was given to the aspect that the measures and solutions to be developed are defined in such a way that the capacities, efficiency and quality of the land transport of goods are not restricted. The solutions were evaluated regarding their impact on the general safety and security situation as well as on some specific threat scenarios and existing risks. Selected technical measures have been implemented for the purpose of verifying their effectiveness with a pre-check prototype as well as a field test with a real pharmaceutical supply chain using a holistic multisensory system architecture.
Findings of the study are published in detail by several final reports of the project partners (German only) which are available online via the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB):
Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF:
"Activity analysis and early warning system"
DHL Solutions & Innovations:
"Secure logistics and secure information patterns"
Security Training International GmbH:
"Processes and humans"
T-Systems Multimedia Solutions GmbH:
"Signature-supported information and communication infrastructure for secure supply chains"
Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Luft- und Raumfahrt:
OncoTec Pharma Produktion Gmbh:
"Safe pharmaceutical products"