For long time Transport and Logistics has been struggling with digitization across multi-mode transports and geographical areas. Due to the nature of the industry, many stakeholders from different companies are involved in different transport legs, covering multiple countries. This automatically resulted in many different systems and solutions over the years with peer-to-peer messaging. And the number of integrations needed between companies went quickly beyond what is manageable.
Even in a fairly simple transport scenario, i.e. road-air-road, as many as 15 different supply chain actors can be involved, and one simple shipment can result in more than 60 messages between them. Take that on a global scale with 40 000 Forwarders, 1 million road operators, 290 airlines, resulting in more than 12 trillion integrations needed. And then we need to add an unknown number of shippers, rail, and sea, it becomes apparent that this is not sustainable in our current data intensive world. A new way of sharing data between supply chain actors is needed!
Therefore, we propose to use the largest collaboration platform ever invented and we call this the Internet of Logistics. The Internet of Logistics is linking data with a structure that is defined and managed by open standards and tools and it turns existing data sharing concepts upside down.
It is based on 4 simple concepts:
- Everything is a URL
- Modern data model allowing for dialects
- Publish and subscribe
- Trusted network of platforms
This enables seamless data sharing across supply chain stakeholders globally. You connect once to get access to the full supply chain ecosystem.
The URL is the link to the digital twin of the physical or virtual object that you want to share data about. And by publishing and subscribing to this link, your partners get notified that you have published new information on this object and they can get the information they need. This also means that you only need to connect once to the Internet of Logistics to be connected to everyone else using the Internet of Logistics.
The internet is not provided by one single service, also for the Internet of Logistics we foresee many platforms providing this data exchange service. Through this we hope that the Internet of Logistics grows rapidly and become the next generation of data sharing platforms for Supply Chains.