The European research project AEOLIX (Architecture for European Logistics Information eXchange), that PTV Group is involved in, was launched just over a year ago (as we reported earlier). What progress has been made towards increased efficiency along the supply chain through the establishment of a pan-European platform? What are the current achievements of the 12 Living Labs located across Europe? More than 70 participants, including representatives of the EU Commission, GS1 and the European Shippers Council, attended the TestFest event, which took place in Delft, the Netherlands, in mid-October. Here, they had the opportunity to gain first insight into the latest research results.
The aim of the AEOLIX platform is to provide a secure means of communication for the exchange of data between existing systems and software services. In different sessions the three technical components (Connectivity Engine, Dashboard, Toolkit) of the AEOLIX Platform V1.0 were presented. Based on the three Living Labs Mondelez in Slovakia, Unilever in Northampton, England, and the Logistics Hub Hamburg-Frankfurt, Germany, it was demonstrated how the AEOLIX Dashboard helps ensure seamless transparency throughout the supply chain.
Another session, that the PTV Group was involved in, showed which services have already been implemented in the AEOLIX toolkit used by the Living Labs. “Our ETA service (Estimated Time of Arrival) is implemented at almost all Living Labs,” says Florian Krietsch, Senior Project Manager Logistics Research, who is managing the AEOLIX project on the PTV side. “Based on this example we showed how to connect the AEOLIX toolkit services and how everything was technically implemented.” T-Systems then demonstrated how to measure CO2 footprints using the AEOLIX platform.
Another session focused on testing the AEOLIX Connectivity Engine at the Port of Trieste and Port of Bordeaux Living Labs and demonstrated the interoperability between these two ports and how they can share and exchange data.
“The TestFest was a success – both internally and externally. The Living Labs could see what is going at the other labs. And external guests could gain some insight into the opportunities offered by AEOLIX,“ comments Florian Krietsch who is very pleased with the event. “It was the ideal forum to discuss technical and business-related issues and the response was very positive.” TestFest was particularly useful and interesting for IT and logistics service providers, shippers, ports as well as fleet operators and transport companies.
It is planned to organise a series of TestFest events at all Living Labs locations.
AEOLIX – Architecture for European Logistics Information Exchange
Project management: ERTICO – ITS Europe is a partnership of around 100 companies and institutions that are engaged in the production of intelligent transport system (ITS). The ERTICO partners carry out various activities to develop and promote ITS in order to save lives, protect the environment and provide mobility in a cost-efficient way. 34 project partners are involved in AEOLIX.
Project duration: September 2016 – August 2019
Project volume: around EUR 16m.
Aeolix is funded by the EU as part of the 2020 Horizon programme.