Systems & Technologies for Interconnected Logistics

The ambition of the working group is to define research and innovation paths that need to be addressed to achieve real-time (re)configurable supply chains in (global) supply chain networks with available and affordable ICT solutions for all types of companies and participants. In essence, this is a requirement to enable a Physical Internet: an open global logistic system founded on physical, digital, and operational interconnectivity, enabled through encapsulation of goods, standard interfaces and protocols. The aim the Physical Internet vision is to move, store, produce, supply and use physical objects throughout the world in a manner that is economically, environmentally and socially efficient and sustainable.

As part of the renewed ALICE strategy and the updating of working groups scopes end 2017, this working group is now integrating topics related to safety and security of supply chains, previously adressed in working group 1. Main topics adressed in this working group are: Low intrusive security technologies, supply chain resilience, advanced supply chain risk management, system based supervision, coordinated border management, visibility of end-to-end supply chains, seamless data interoperability, ownership & governance, intelligent objects, smart devices, IoT & ITS, Big Data & Data Analitycs, dematerialization, autonomous logistics operations, transhipment technology and handling of logistics units.

Key milestones

  • 2020 – Interoperability between networks and IT applications for logistics
  • 2030 – Full visibility throughout the supply chain
  • 2040 – Fully functional and operating open logistics networks
  • 2050 – Physical Internet


Chair: Nik Delmeire, European Shippers Council


  • Eusebiu Catana – ERTICO
  • Wout Hofman – TNO
  • Andreas Nettsträter – Fraunhofer IML
  • Stefano Persi – MOSAIC


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