Yao-Hua Tan from TU Delft moderated the event and began with an introduction on the key principles of CASSANDRA. Beside the Data Pipeline, data accuracy and piggy-backing for customs he also mentioned the Living Labs and the dashboards. In addition, he presented follow-up opportunities like Smart and Secure Trade Lanes and the collaboration of the CASSANDRA network in the project CORE, which just started in May 2014.

In the session “CASSANDRA’s Benefits - The Business Perspective” John Prop from BAP Logistics and Sebastian Seidel from DHL explained the benefits of businesses. John Prop highlighted that further upstream data visibility leads to accurate pre-planning information and improvements for warehouse handling. This visibility also enables lesser discrepancies in purchase orders and packaging lists, which is especially important for promotions. Furthermore, supply chain visibility solutions like the CASSANDRA dashboards give information on milestone events which can be forwarded to their customers. Sebastian Seidel added that supply chain visibility can lead to reductions of the vulnerability as well as improvement of the reliability of supply chains. Optimized digital data flow can even reduce transaction costs.

During the session “CASSANDRA - Approach and Tools” Eric Geerts introduced the business dashboard of Descartes which acts as visibility solution to clarify container and consignment information and status monitoring. This collaborative multi-party solution for data sharing offers value added services, in particular the exception management, e.g. alerts of milestones in case of deviations or alerts on cross-checking of different data sources. Further on, he described the architecture in order to show how data is captured and can be used in the dashboard as well as the data access control mechanism to ensure access control and data security. Following this, Germán Herrero Carcel presented the dashboard solution of ATOS and its implementation in the third Living Lab on the trade lane Egypt to Spain. This business dashboard enables operational risk management based on supply chain visibility. He explained several use cases, in particular the use case on reusing the export source also as import source. Last speaker of this session was Norbert Kouwenhoven who gave a brief demo tour on the customs dashboard which has been developed by IBM and Intrasoft. He showed how supply chain data can be retrieved from the Data Pipeline for customs purposes and how information on goods, involved parties and also tracking information are visualised in this dashboard.

Frank Heijmann from Dutch Tax and Customs Administration and David Hesketh from HM Revenue & Customs gave a talk in the session “CASSANDRA’s Benefits - The Customs Perspective”. Frank Heijmann pointed out the problem of customs authorities. In particular, goods are not always described or despatched properly for transport and regulatory purposes. He also highlighted the challenge for customs authorities of getting data in better quality. In detail, information comes from different systems which are belonging to different organizations. This leads to the importance of getting accurate data at the consignment completion point - consequently, getting data directly from the source. David Hesketh supported these problems and clearly emphasised the issue for shippers: arriving goods in wrong quality respective wrong quantity or late arrival. Therefore, he presented the Data Pipeline approach and its benefits especially for shippers. Multiple filing, i.e. getting data from different sources, is of strong interest for customs authorities for their risk assessment. Hesketh also described the benefits of the CASSANDRA project to customs. In detail, CASSANDRA achieved the facilitation of the combination of existing information sources. Furthermore, the visibility has been improved but there is still space for enhancement in the near future which can be achieved by following the Data Pipeline vision. He explained that data will not be pushed from the Data Pipeline to the customs dashboard, but have to be queried. Querying the customs dashboard is a beneficial solution for Dutch customs, but UK customs would prefer to get data pushed into their systems in order to enable piggy-backing on the data for risk assessment.

 Finally, Gerwin Zomer from TNO gave a presentation on some aspects on the future of CASSANDRA. In particular, he introduced a serious game that will be developed within the next months. Players can take action as various supply chain actors, using different playing cards symbolising tactic and strategic supply chain measures. The aim of this game is to understand the different perspectives and to promote the CASSANDRA key elements within the dissemination activities.

During the following discussion the participants used the opportunity to exchange several key elements of CASSANDRA with the panel speakers. The participants were especially interested in discussing the topics data accuracy, data integrity and data storage. Trusted traders and trusted trade lanes were also of great interest to the attendees.





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