DiSCwise Project News

Final DiSCwise Conference

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The final DiSCwise Conference, entitled "Smart use of ICT in transport and logistics: Integrating SMEs in global digital value chain", was held on 16th of February, 2012, at WCO,Brussels, Rue du Marché 30.

For the full conference programme, and links to the conference presentations, click here.

Project progress to date

As a first step, an analysis of the current situation has being undertaken, focusing on the present state of standardisation initiatives. A review of solutions for digital supply chains for SMEs has also been carried out, and the progress and conclusions (where available) from relevant EU-funded projects are being examined. Direct interviews with a representative set of SMEs in the three regions covered by the pilot prototypes are being conducted by the project partners. Through a network of contacts, similar information will be gathered from counties in the western Mediterranean.

Public presentations

DiSCwise and several other EU projects (e-Freight, SKEMA, PROPS, SUPPORT, CONTAIN, CASSANDRA and eMAR) met with representatives from industry, research and academic communities to discuss how best to establish a new paradigm for electronic information exchange in freight transport and logistics, at the e-Freight Conference 2011 which took place during the Transport Logistic trade fair, the International Exhibition for Logistics, Mobility, IT and Supply Chain Management, held at the Munich Messe, Germany from 10-11 May 2011. The videos and presentations from e-Freight 2011 are available at videolectures.net/efreight2011_ munich. DiSCwise also exhibited at the e-Freight stand at the Transport Logistics Exhibition 2011, 10-13 May 2011, Munich.

Other presentations of the project objectives were made at various transport and logistics industry events in 2010, and further presentations have already been given this year, including the following:

  • European Logistics Association conference EUROLOG 2011, Polish Pilot, held on 10 February 2011 in Helsinki
  • the B2B LOCO Workshop and Brokerage Event "Transport and logistics SMEs: Cooperation and competition", Polish Pilot, at Opatija in April 2011
  • DiSCwise Workshop 1 - Flanders Pilot, 26 April, Lier
  • ECR Poland Supply Forum Meeting, Polish Pilot, 18 May 2011, Warsaw
  • APCS (Antwerp Port Community System) event, 30 May 2011, Antwerp 
  • DiSCwise Workshop 2 - Flanders Pilot, 8 June, Lier
  • Brokerage Event - Financing of transport and logistics development through EU research programmes, on 14th June 2011, Warsaw
  • Discwise Workshop "Transport - recent trends and developments", Polish Pilot, 21 June 2011, Warsaw.  For more information, see the Agenda, Minutes, Logit4see presentation and Standards in transport presentation.
  • ITEE 2011 Conference - Information Technologies in Environmental Engineering, Polish Pilot, 8 July 2011, Poznan
  • 4th ECITL: European Conference on ICT for Transport Logistics, 12th -14th October 2011, in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Freight Forwarders' Conference 2011, on 17th November 2011, Brussels

Further presentations will be made at the final DiSCwise Conference (see details above)