The CONTAIN project final review is being held today in Brussels at the European Organisation for Security (EOS) offices.

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CONTAIN Project Stand at the European Commission Security Research Conference in Genoa

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CONTAIN project : scheduled events (end of 2014 – beginning 2015)

The Contain project has recently scheduled a set of events and milestones for the last part of the demo phase and the conclusion of the project activities foreseen in the work-plan.

Although some details are not jet defined the way forwards to achieve the expected results will pass trough the following calendar:


  • December 9th-11th in Genoa at the Security Research Conference & CPEXPO: presentation of Contain Genoa demo
  • December 10th in Genoa at the Security Research Conference & CPEXPO : Contain stakeholder forum workshop and Advisory Board
  • Week starting January 12th 2015 in Bologna : Bologna demo rehearsal
  • Week starting January 19th 2015 in Valencia: Valencia demo (Monday arrivals, Tuesday rehearsal, Wednesday demo)
  • Week starting February 9th 2015 in Bologna :  Bologna demo (Monday arrivals, Tuesday rehearsal, Wednesday – Thursday demo)
  • End of February (location and exact date TBD) : CONTAIN Demo assessment workshop
  • Week starting March 23rd 2015 in Brussels : Contain final conference (exact date TBD)

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3rd of June 2014 : CONTAIN AB Workshop on Demo Assesment


 

In the context of the project demonstration phase, on the 3rd of June 2014, the members of the CONTAIN Advisory Board have met in the Bologna Freight Village, nearby the city of Bologna in Italy.

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The event grouped together various members of the CONTAIN consortium and experts from Belgian, Danish, Maltese, UK Custom, Greece and UK Border Force, Italian Container’s Terminal Management and Logistic.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide subject matter expert input to the assessment team in order to ensure relevance and accuracy of the assessment. The assessment will focus on the contribution of the demonstrated solutions to the capabilities of the intended operators.

 

After an introductory session, the workshop has been composed in two phases.

In the first phase the presentation of the three different CONTAIN’s technological demonstrators have been proposed and the participants, have been requested their contributions replying to the basic question: “which ideas, solutions, or combination of solutions, in the presented demonstration would be most relevant to your needs? “.

After the presentation of Mr. Rafael Company (Valencia Port) concerning Containers on Road Trucks (Valencia Demo), the discussion focused on the Empty containers inspection and Information System for Track & Trace.

Following the presentation of Mr. Michele Baldini (Selex ES) concerning the Containers on Train track (Genova Demo), the discussion focused on Container Actual Position, Container Door Integrity and Adjust logistics planning based on Contain platform information system. 

Following the presentation of Mrs. Chiara Lepori (IBI) concerning the demonstration of multiple combined components along the East-West Mediterranean route (Bologna Demo), the discussion focused on internal environment & positioning using CSD (Container Security Device), container integrity (eSeal), Route Validator (EGNOS technology), ConTraffic and its integration in the CONTAIN Platform, Risk assessment using CustAware, a dedicated Custom Decision Support System which is part of the CONTAIN ‘s platform.

In the second phase two groups of experts addressed respectively Valencia and Genova Demos (1st group) and Bologna Demo ( 2nd group), providing their views, evaluations and suggestions, in regards of the involved limitations, requirements, modalities for improvements, economic sustainability of the solution and stakeholders in charge for the solutions’ costs, stakeholders able to deals with the proposed technological solutions, stakeholders who get valuable benefices from the solutions’ use.

 

The results of the workshop will be used to identify measures to describe the improvements that the demonstrated solutions could provide – for instance higher effectiveness compared to already existing solutions, or completely novel capabilities that contribute in a new way to the stakeholders’ operations.


 

 

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30th of May 2014: CONTAIN – EWM Test Demo Week


Within the CONTAIN project, the technological demonstrator EAST WEST MED based in Bologna has a paramount importance. Interporto Bologna is a central hub acting as the backyard of the ports of Ravenna, La Spezia and Leghorn and as an inland terminal and gateway‐system for intermodal services leading to southern ports of Taranto, Bari, and Naples.

Such demonstrator is a leg of the wider HINTERMED Demonstrator, which includes

  • Genoa Port hub, that involves the use electronic seal;
  • EAST WEST MED: La Spezia port – Bologna freight village – Ravenna port Corridor, it is coordinated by IBI and involves shipping and hinterland services.

The EAST WEST MED demonstrator provides the transport corridor and chain element to the HINTERMED Demonstrator and consequently the CONTAIN project. In detail, the EWM provides end-to-end security container management by supporting transport security stakeholders (both business and administrations) with managing container security threats within logistic chains by utilising ‘best of breed’ technology options as part of an integrated approach to the management of Door to Door (D2D) transportation networks.

EWM aims to demonstrate the full functionality of the CONTAIN Strategic Framework, through the integration of existing application with the CONTAIN Platform: EWM foresees then the application of the CONTAIN devices and the feeding of the CONTAIN Platform through them. The CONTAIN platform integrates data coming from the different technologies in order to provide support to the transport security stakeholders by managing the containers security threats dealing with the different EWM Use Cases.

An EWM preliminary test session took place in the period 26th – 30th May 2014 (“EWM Test week”) along the EWM route, using the Container MEDU3278765 and implementing the following Use Cases:

  • internal environment & positioning, using CSD (Container Security Device),
  • container integrity using the eSeal,

route validation through the EGNOS-enabled OBU that relies on GNSS technology positioning.

 

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Figure 1: EWM on-field team during test demo activities at La Spezia Port    

The efforts made during the test week to adapt the demonstrator’s scenario requirement, install the appropriate equipments, test the devices in real conditions and exploit the fine tuning of all logistics aspects finally resulted in:

  • the successful installation of all technologies on the test container;
  • the successful tests based on the Use Cases produced;
  • the satisfactory performance of the integrated CONTAIN solution for the EWM test conditions.

 

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Selection of Container Security Sensors for Risk Management: a method developed in the CONTAIN project

Antti Permala, Johan Scholliers and Karri Rantasila from VTT have published a paper  on the Contain method for selecting container security sensors.

The paper entitled ” Selection of Container Security Sensors for Risk Management” present the following abstract:

Fast development of security technologies and solutions opens new prospects for supply chain security management, value-added services, and improvement of supply chain visibility and thus performance. The paper discusses the selection of sensors for container security solutions. For the assessment, the method called COAT is used. This method is basically a four stage process including customer dialogue, planning and modelling, analysis and synthesis. The final selection should be made through assessing the complete range of products and processes to be monitored, which may include low-cost solutions for low-value cargo containers and advanced solutions for high value containers, as well as specific assets. The primary solution for real time container monitoring is Container Security Device (CSD) which may comprise a quite different set of sensors, depending on the requirements of the supply chain.

The paper will be presented at the 10th ITS European Congress this June in Helsinki (http://www.itsineurope.com/its10/).

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2nd CONTAIN review meeting: A successful review meeting took place in Valencia on the 24th of January 2014

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The CONTAIN project is on the right track. The results achieved in all the project components have been presented. One of the project developments, the innovative sensor system prototype focusing on the “empty container detection” aspect, will be applied in the Valencia Port demonstration: a prototype’s test-session in the Valencia Port area has been presented during the meeting.

The reviewer and the project officer appreciated the work done and recommended to foster the participation of relevant authorities in the CONTAIN demonstrations. This way the project’s results will be disseminated to the right people and the project outcome will be more likely to have a stronger impact on container security in EU while facilitating trade.

With the progress done, the consortium is moving forward to the three demonstrations foreseen in the project. After the technical partners detail the lists of technologies and prepare the specific scenarios, the demonstrations are foreseen to take place in Valencia, Genoa and Bologna during the last quarter of 2014 and beginning of 2015 respectively.

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The CONTAIN Advisory Board met in London on 9 October

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The CONTAIN Advisory Board met on 9 October in London in order to receive an update on the progress of the CONTAIN project, as well as to provide additional input and feedback to the CONTAIN consortium. More than 50 participants were in attendance with representatives from Customs, port authorities, border agencies, freight forwarders, shippers and logistics providers, and the European Commission, among others, including key members of the CONTAIN project consortium.

The agenda included a full update of the current status of the CONTAIN Project, with progress reporting, detailed descriptions of the technologies planned for the demonstration phases, and explanations of the demonstrations planning and preparations already undertaken.

The structure of the Advisory Board Meeting was designed to allow the maximum time for questions, input and feedback from the participants, with even additional opportunities for networking and side discussions to continue during the breaks. Furthermore the following elements of the CONTAIN project were highlighted during the discussions: Emerging Issues, Solutions, Technologies, and the Actual Demonstrators.

The feedback in general was quite positive, while some critical challenges do remain. Some of the points discussed among the participants, included (but were not limited to):

–       Customs and border agencies need timely, accurate and full information as early as possible in order to assess risk correctly and react accordingly

–       Collaborative response aspects are key to demonstrating the next generation approach to supply chain security

–       Data quality is always an issue – more sources of data help to fill some blanks in this respect, but perhaps a regulatory step may be required at some point

–       The decision support solution that is part of CONTAIN will augment the risk assessment decision capability of existing systems (such as in Customs)

–       There has to be more collaboration between Customs and business in order to ensure that this new approach can be successful

–       One of the big issues from the commercial side is not always speeding up the process, but having better predictability with respect to the different steps involved

–       There is significant value in integrating the CONTRAFFIC system into the CONTAIN project (although the CONTRAFFIC analysis is not real time)

–       There was also a request to get more trader and freight forwarder input to the project and as such a meeting was subsequently held with CLECAT (the European Association of Freight Forwarders) in order to get their opinion concerning the CONTAIN project
Although there were many other topics discussed during the CONTAIN Advisory Board Meeting, the key issues are noted above.

The CONTAIN consortium would be pleased to welcome additional stakeholders to the CONTAIN Advisory Board. Please send your request to join the CONTAIN AB to Mark Miller at: mrmiller@conceptivity.ch.

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Contain consortium is preparing demonstrations: Evaluation – Cost Benefit Analysis – Recommendations (Task 5.4)

T5.4 will provide consolidated evaluation of the whole demonstrator programme for phase 1 and phase 2 CONTAIN solutions, including also Cost Benefit Analysis.

  • ST5.4.1 “Consolidation of evaluation information from each demonstrator and test bed”
  • ST5.4.2 “Conclusions across all demonstrators”
  • ST5.4.3 “Impact evaluation”

There is no ongoing activity in T5.4, pending the outcome of the demonstrators. The only activity related to T5.4 so far is the preparatory methodology work in T5.1.

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Contain consortium is preparing demonstrations: Valencia demonstrator (Task 5.3)

In the framework of the CONTAIN Project, the Port of Valencia aims to effectively improve the existing security management gaps concerning the port-logistic containers track and trace and the inspection and control of exit empties at the main gates of the port. The challenge is focused on introducing selectivity criteria to improve the knowledge about container traceability and providing decision-making tools which allow a better control and monitoring of containers circulating inside the port.

In this manner, the port is currently working into two lines. The first one consists of the improvement of container track and trace capabilities taking advantage of the existing information technologies integrated at the port, that is, the Port Community System of Valenciaport.

The second line of work is based on the development of a new prototype which would improve the effectiveness of the control procedures applied to empty containers going out the port. In order to identify the appropriate solution for the existing scenario, a first definition of end-user requirements was defined during the first months of 2013. According to these requirements, a methodology for the selection of the most suitable technology was applied (COAT Methodology), resulting the most suitable solution in a volumetric laser scanning technology.

This sensor technology is able to reduce the total inspection time since it introduces some degree of automation over the current manual procedure. Moreover, the laser scanning device is able to detect anomalies inside a declared empty container such as incorrect dimensions of the container, objects inside, false bottoms, etc. It is expected to provide a preliminary demonstration of this solution by the end of 2013.

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