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CASSANDRA - improving security through visibility

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Published on Jun 2, 2014

SECURITY THROUGH VISIBILITY

CASSANDRA addresses the supply chain visibility needs of both business and government in the international flow of containerized cargo. The main strategic goal is to enhance supply chain visibility to improve business operations as well as government's cross-border security inspections. The strategic impact for businesses is an improved supply chain performance and cost efficiency by reducing administrative and planning errors along the chain. For government agencies CASSANDRA improves efficiency and effectiveness. The project helps customs to assess business processes and procedures and identify secure supply chains. By minimising the attention given to these secure flows and businesses, government agencies can focus on high-risk flows resulting in a higher hit rate and greater effectiveness of security related government inspections. In general, CASSANDRA facilitates the European and global trade by enhancing corporate social responsibility and by improving product and societal safety.

RISK-BASED APPROACH

Businesses and government agencies are struggling to find efficient and effective means to ensure full supply chain control and security, minimising supply chain risk. These challenges have a common solution: supply chain visibility by access to existing supply chain data.

System-based supervision
In CASSANDRA government agencies shift to a Risk-based Approach by relying on self-regulation of businesses. In this system-based supervision government agencies use an audit methodology to assess compliance to rules and regulations based on the evaluation of the integrity, reliability and internal consistency of the business and IT systems.

Risk-based supply chain management
An important prerequisite for system-based supervision is the introduction of a risk-based supply chain management. This means that supply chain management should be based on a transparent and reliable assessment and treatment of risks. The assessment of risks depends to a large extent on the availability of timely, reliable and complete information.

DATA PIPELINE CONCEPT

To provide supply chain actors and government authorities with these accurate data, the project develops a data sharing concept. CASSANDRA achieves interoperability of heterogeneous systems by combining state of the art IT innovations. Access rights and security mechanisms are implemented in a Data Pipeline to enable secure data sharing. Furthermore, dashboards to support businesses and customs for risk management and supply chain visibility are implemented.

Piggy-backing principle
The piggy-backing principle is a significant building block in the CASSANDRA project. Businesses can share supply chain data for risk management, and the same data can be optimally re-used ("piggy-backed" upon) for governmental purposes. Piggy-backing can take place on data generated by businesses and used by them to buy, sell, ship and to also assess risk.

LIVING LABS

The Living Lab research approach demonstrates the CASSANDRA innovations in complex real world settings. There are three global Living Labs: Asia-EU, EU-USA and EU-Africa. Each Lab holds one or more trade lanes. Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Felixstowe, Barcelona and Setúbal container ports are involved. The freight forwarding companies DHL, Kuehne+Nagel, Seacon and BAP provide the Living Labs with actual container flows.

For more information please visit: http://www.cassandra-project.eu/

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