Collaboration and interoperability have been the motto of the first FENIX Technical Workshop “Standardisation & Interoperability” on 29th of November at GS1 Germany in Cologne. The starting point has been made to identify a common understanding of standards and interoperability within the FENIX Consortium.
Representatives of all pilot sites have discussed what kind of value standards might provide in FENIX? There have been two main pillars identified: Standardisation is needed in terms of data exchange and as well as in terms of common definitions of for example, locations or estimated time of arrival: “Where has the truck driver to be at this time? At the gatekeeper, the parking position, or the ramp?
All 30 participants agreed on the need for a common language as a basis for interoperable data exchange across all corridors, pilots, and countries. It has to be assumed that only a standardised communication between all IT systems and platforms may enable building a federated architecture.
And what was the common understanding of interoperability? It seems as if the willingness of companies to share data is the first step to more interoperability in transport and logistics in Europe. Coming back to our mission: Without collaboration there is no interoperability, and, without interoperablitiy there is no collaboration possible.