The EU Commission’s 7th Research Framework project named CASSANDRA - Common Assessment and Analysis of Risk in Global Supply Chains - successfully concluded in August 2014.         
In this project the emphasis was placed on the actual needs and demands of intensified security in global container transport movements by companies and by public authorities. For the improvement of traffic across countries with respects to national border control and different trade regulations and maintaining a high level of security, the project’s special attention was laid upon supply chain visibility.
To reach this aim CASSANDRA needed to demonstrate an increase in security through the optimal visibility and use of all existing information. To this end 26 partners from ten different European countries concentrated jointly on electronic data traffic, developed a new Data Sharing concept based on a risk-based approach for both sides: businesses and authorities. Identified assumption was that the effectiveness of controls increases when the supervisor enhances surveillance on transports with potentially greater risk whereas more trustworthy movements may be handled more quickly and more cost effectively. This implies optimisation of security demands on transport chains is a great opportunity to expand the evaluation of identified risks. The preceding requirement to efficiently exchange secure and trusted data over the whole supply chain contains, that all participating parties (border authorities, logistics and IT businesses, customs and various bodies at the ports) must agree on needed processes.

The introduction of a Data Pipeline was the project’s most important innovation for the exchange of required information along the entire supply chain. This improvement enabled open, flexible and standardised communication amongst all partners. Furthermore, IT interfaces supporting customs and businesses with regards to transparency in supply chains and risk management have been successfully integrated. Another component implemented was the piggy-backing principle: Within the framework of risk management, businesses may share supply chain data, while the same data from government bodies may be optimally reused for their risk targeting systems.

Existing data channels were intensively investigated and served as examples in Living Labs of three global trade lanes: China-Europe, Europe-USA and Europe-Africa. Particular attention was paid to data accuracy and the restrictions to businesses concerning data exchange and data security.

Beside usual project dissemination activities like brochures, workshops and conference sessions a Serious Game was created. ‘The Chain Game’ illustrates most concepts of the project, like supply chain visibility and supply chain control.

CASSANDRA - the film:
Improving Security through Visibility

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 CASSANDRA – from a customer point of view:

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 261795

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