Event Date: 
Friday, June 5, 2015 - 09:00

The European innovation project “Ecologistics” for efficient and sustainable logistics in small and medium sized companies completed successfully with the final conference on 5th June 2015 in Dourges/France. The event was hosted by Euralogistic, a partner of the project.

The project “Ecologistics”, led by University of Mons, run over a period of 3 years with the objective to introduce the latest available information and communication technology for better visibility of objects in the supply chain in small and medium sized companies. The results of the project were presented at the final conference in Dourges/France.

Ecologistics main objective is to set up an ICT-based demonstrator dedicated to identification and communication technologies in the supply chain with barcodes or more sophisticated radio frequency identification. The global available EPC (Electronic Product Code) network from GS1 is used in the project as a standard and collaborative tool designed to store and allow access to data which is collected from events in the supply chain. Those tools can help to cope with the growing complexity of supply chains that lead to delays, traceability issues and inefficient planning. An improvement with a better real-time view of operations helps both the efficiency and the environment through less logistics.

The conference started by a short presentation of the project and its main achieved results given by Bertrand Tiberghien, the coordinateur of the project. Benoit Seguin, the Financial Officer of the Joint Technical Secretariat (JTS) of NWE gave a few words about the programme by which Ecologistics was funded. 

Companies are interested in knowing what is the added value of the technologies promoted by Ecologistics. Nicolas Rigo from Dart Consulting revealed a part of his report about the assessment of the demonstrator at an economic and environmental point of view. The conclusion of the report is based on the study of 5 scenarios provided by the project. 

Before launching the demonstration, Jean-François Piche from University of Mons, the main responsible partner of the development of the demonstrator gave an overview about the demonstrator. 

Two scenarios were showcased during the conference: a mayonnaise factory and the urban logistics. Yves de Blic gave a short presentation about the scenario of mayonnaise factory (Mustio) before launching the demonstration. The main aim of the demonstration is to show the audience that several EPCIS servers located in different cities can be connected and exchange data. In the demonstration, he showed how the information is shared between the mayonnaise factory (Brussels), its supplier (Mons) and its client (Namur). And he demonstrated also the fact that whatever the technology of data acquisition is used (barcode reader or RFID), the information can be shared in the same way thanks to EPC. It is important to mention that a company in the future would like to adopt EPC, there is no additional investment on the capture equipment. It can use its own existing capture equipment.

Concerning the second scenario, it concerns the urban logistics. A video was played to give a clearer picture about the scenario. The scenario concentrated on the urban delivery and mainly the exchange information between a company specialised in delivery by cargo bikes in the town of Mons and the platform of distribution of organic products in Brussels thanks to EPC and EPC network. The showcase focused on a few Odoo applications developed by the project integrated in the demonstrator. It is important to mention that the demonstrator developed by the project is fully compatible with any ERP. For the scenario urban logistics, the partners decided to use Odoo because it is a open-source software.

During the coffee break, the participants had opportunity to ask questions and test themselves two scenarios.

Further presentations came from Bertrand Helle from the French company “Cartonneries de Gondardennes” and Emmanuel Jacob from FOREM. They provided details about technological implementation and implications on training required before the introduction of this new technology. They shared their experiences from EPC code introduction.

Last but not least, Bertrand Tiberghien, from University of Mons explained to companies which opportunities the project can offer them. The results will be still available for companies after the end of the project. As the demonstrator is built based on open-source software, companies can download it for free and modify it according to their own needs. The source code and manuals of the demonstrator can be downloaded on the project website. Upon request of companies in the NWE, the demonstration of scenario can still be done after the end of the project by several partners who acquired the equipments used for the demonstration. The website will also remain for companies to download the results of the project.

As a conclusion, we invited some participants from regional authorities (Nord Pas de Calais and Wallonia), companies (Amazon, Auchan…), observers from project Scale (represented by University of Artois) to give their comments and remarks about the conference.

After a short lunch, in the afternoon, the participants had the opportunity to visit the intermodal logistics platform Delta 3 with connections between rail, street and inland waterway transport systems.

Somes pictures:

Exchange with companies during coffee break

 

Questions and answers after the conference

Speakers of the conference

Project's partners

To download the presentations and videos:
Agenda of the day
General presentation of the project (Bertrand Tiberghien-UMONS)
Speech from the JTS NWE (Benoit Seguin-JTS NWE)
Assessment of the demonstrator (Nicolas Rogo-Dart consulting)
Overview on the demonstrator (Jean-François Piche-UMONS)
Introduction of the demonstration (Yves de Blic-Multitel)
DECARTE (Bertrand Helle-Cartonneries de Gondardennes)
EPC Integration (Emmanuel Jacob-Forem)
Opportunities for companies (Bertrand Tiberghien-UMONS)