• Standardised operational information exchange systems open the door for different actors to work collaboratively, improving interoperability between actors.

Logistop organised the online event Observatory Logistic Moving towards the synchronisation of logistics-port operations: the importance of standardised data exchange in logistics chains and its challenges. During the event, focusing on port, maritime and intermodal transport, experts in the field analysed the relevance of standardised data exchange and presented different case studies of initiatives that are being carried out, highlighting the crucial role of the communication of the different data generated by port operations.

We have counted with the participation of Gonzalo Sandiás Corbillón, Project Manager, TIC4.0., Héctor Iturria Sánchez, Project Manager, Prodevelop, Jorge Melero Corell, Senior Project Manager, TIC4.0. and with the moderation of Tomás de la Vega, Managing Director, Logistop, and Alicia Enríquez Manilla, R&D&I technician – Researcher of the Fundación Valenciaport.

Avanzando hacia la sincronización de operaciones logístico-portuaria

Interoperability and digitisation: the impact of ICT4.0 on logistics standardisation

Gonzalo Sandiás Corbillón offered a perspective on the need for standardisation in the maritime-port sector. He highlighted the current complexity, where there is still an insufficient level of digitalisation and where each company develops its own standards, which makes data harmonisation difficult and increases costs. The importance of reaching a common standard accepted by the industry was underlined, which will facilitate data access, analysis and comparison.

Digitisation is not something that is absent in the sector, but many of the initiatives that are developed are rather individual, with each company developing its own standards. The effort to harmonise data is very complex and the inefficiencies and cost is very high

Gonzalo Sandiás Corbillón, Project Manager, Terminal Industry Committee 4.0 – TIC4.0.

Data platforms in container terminals: standardisation and interoperability

Héctor Iturria Sánchez presented the challenges and benefits of implementing data platforms in container terminals. He highlighted the usefulness of having centralised access to information to improve operational efficiency, identify bottlenecks and optimise machine performance.

Is it valuable to create a platform to exchange information? Yes, although people at the terminals know very well how their business works, the reality is that it is much more practical to receive all the data on one platform where users will understand the data, regardless of its origin

Héctor Iturria Sánchez, Project Manager, Prodevelop

The importance of communication standards in rail transport

Jorge Melero Corell focused his speech on the need for communication standards in rail transport. He highlighted the current disparity in communication systems and the importance of adopting regulations such as “Technical Specifications for Interoperability”, promoted by the European Union, to improve the competitiveness and efficiency of the sector. In conclusion, he emphasised that standardisation and digitalisation are fundamental to move towards more efficient and synchronised logistics. While significant progress has been made, there is still work to be done in terms of adoption and implementation at sectoral and European level.

“The implementation of standards in Europe remains very uneven at all levels. The common ICT4.0 language has the potential to address the gaps in these interfaces, but more effort and involvement from industry is needed to move forward”

Jorge Melero Corell, Senior Project Manager, Terminal Industry Committee 4.0 – TIC4.0

About Logistop

At Logistop we transform the supply chain through innovation, helping industry and companies to become more efficient and sustainable.

We are a multidisciplinary and inter-territorial working space in the logistics innovation arena formed by all the actors involved in the supply chain, as well as universitiestechnology centresassociations and specialised consultancy firms.

One of Logistop’s main objectives is:

  1. To promote the need for innovation among companies involved in the logistics sector;
  2. To promote innovation projects;
  3. To communicate the real needs of the sector at an institutional level.