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CITRIMACC Report Summary

Project ID: 666432

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - CITRIMACC (Circulation Pilot with Continuous Control of Multi-Modal Air Cargo Containers)

Reporting period: 2015-08-01 to 2016-01-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

In the wake of September 11th and following increased emphasis on passenger air travel security, the air cargo system has become a potential target for terrorists. European countries have undertaken various regulatory approaches that involve technology and operational measures aimed at addressing the perceived security threats in the air cargo industry. Air cargo transportation system is designed to provide fast and efficient shipment of goods, two features that make it highly vulnerable to potential security threats. The main objective of the project is to implement and validate in real-life environments a system that addresses these security risks and is aligned with the time and cost realities of the air cargo industry.

The project concept is to develop a smart and secure cargo container, named Cargobox, and an information exchange platform, named CargoSyst, that can reduce screening costs and eliminate tampering risks. These features are achieved by combining a collapsible, light weight, made of advanced composite materials container, with a mechanical high-end lock, named Lockbar. The Lockbar features a secure PIN-code lock, electronic shipping documents (e-freight), secure redundant server based tracking and monitoring, 24/7 fully redundant communication systems based on multiple technologies technology for continuous real-time visibility. The Lockbar contains technologies such as Near Field Communication (NFC), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and GRPS.

The consortium assembles 4 research performing SMEs with unique and complementary expertise, who will produce 250 Cargoboxes with 250 Lockbars, monitoring and communication capability, the server based tracking system and depot infrastructure sets, obtain the relevant approvals from FAA/EASA, and deploy the solution with the pilot participants. Through these pilot participants the Cargoboxes will be shipped through five closed loop transport lanes around the globe. The project will contain the selection of participants in the entire value chain (shippers, logistics services providers (LSP’s), handling agents, airlines, customs, forwarders and consignees), and select several diverse multi-modal transport lanes to execute the pilot. On the basis of these five lanes, the Cargoboxes will be tested and data will be collected, resulting in project results composed by an independent auditor.

The project results, as compared with the current packaging, transport and security management methods, will be widely disseminated via industry associations such as IATA, TSA and TIACA. A full industrialization and commercialization plan will be developed in the course of the project.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

In the first stage of the project, the focus is on improving the existing Cargobox and Cargosyst information system, building relationships in business community, and finding pilot participants to trial the system.
The improved Cargobox and Lockbar are well advanced and the production schedule is underway, The Cargosyst information system is in testing phase.

At the commercial side of the project the consortium has built an extensive group of business contacts and is in profound stages of negotiation with numerous pilot participants. As soon as the first 50 Cargoboxes are produced, pilot agreements will be signed and the pilot will be started.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

In this early stage of the project it is premature to speculate on potential impacts, however, we have received very positive feedback from our network of business contacts with specific regard to the need in the air cargo sector for innovation of this type to increase efficiency in operations while also addressing potential security issues.

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Record Number: 190051 / Last updated on: 2016-11-03