Finding better solutions together for the further digitalisation of logistics: That is the mission of the Open Logistics Foundation. “The open source components that companies develop in our open source community should become an essential part of logistics,” says Andreas Nettsträter, CEO of the Open Logistics Foundation. “The more companies use our basic functionalities and integrate them into their systems, the faster logistics standards spread and improve.”
Consignment notes are among the most frequently used documents in logistics, often still created and carried manually. Although eConsignments have been available for a long time, they are often not interoperable and therefore cannot be used consistently in digital supply chains. In addition, neither in national nor in cross-border road haulage a uniform layout has established. Therefore the Open Logistics Foundation has named the OS-eConsignment note (eCMR) as the first lighthouse project.
The Logistical Steering Committee (LSC) and the Technical Steering Committee (TSC) of the Open Logistics Foundation met for its virtual kick-off. While the LSC plays a key role in shaping the content of the Open Logistics Foundation and ensures the relevance and quality of the open source projects, the TSC supports and challenges the technical development of the Foundations open source solutions and is the first point of contact for questions related to technical feasibility and realisation.
The first dates and topics for the joint event series “Deep Dive Open Source” of the Open Logistics Foundation and the research project Silicon Economy at Fraunhofer IML have been set. Those who are interested will learn everything about the freshly released open source components from the Silicon Economy projects in the one-hour online sessions. The event will start at the end of April with a live demo of GitLab, after which the individual components will be on the agenda.
Researchers at Fraunhofer IML have now made results of software and hardware developments from development projects of the “Silicon Economy” research project available in the repository of the Open Logistics Foundation. The source code of the developments is now freely available and can be further developed by companies and adapted to their needs.
Today, Dachser, DB Schenker, duisport and Rhenus established the Open Logistics Foundation in Berlin. The purpose of the non-profit foundation is to build a European open-source community aiming to promote digitalization in logistics and supply chain management based on open source and standardize logistics processes through de facto standards.