GW pilot case

published: Feb. 4, 2011,   recorded: February 2011,   views: 3357

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The following video was made to show the benefits of the Euridice the cargo centric approach. The video tells a story from the point of view of a cargo item that was sent from the consolidation warehouse to the customer.
It shows a possible transportation chain without disruption of information flow and physical flow of goods, and explains the used multi-agent-system technology. With this technology the cargo will be transformed into intelligent cargo by adding devices running software agents. During the transportation process some problems occur and solutions to solve them with the agent based system are shown. The problems are:

  • An item was overlooked in the warehouse
  • The temperature deviate from specification
  • A detour create a change in the estimated arrival time (ETA)

The main features that are shown:

  • Autonomy: no central control, cargo item watch their own status, decide when to communicate
  • Real-time tracking: No check-pointing, up to date information always available
  • Cross-organizational processes: No isolated processes at the various actors along supply chain with IT-interaction at boundaries, but single cargo-centric process consuming services from actors
  • Ontology reasoning: Intelligent configuration of cargo agents through ontology based deductions of missing parameters
  • Local cooperation: Cargo items interact with each other and information providers like trucks for accessing required information / sensors

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