Developing and Information Broker System for Coordinating an Oversize Transportation Information Network

The ever-growing Information Technology (IT) area has opened new ways for firms to both create and manage competitive advantages within their respective industries. Logistics companies and government agencies are no exception to the use of IT tools. The internet is radically changing the way business is being done and continues to do so. This paper presents the current work from an EU financed project called OVERSIZE, which investigates the current methods for interconnecting ports and destination within the Baltic region with their partners and assesses such information community systems. The application of a methodology based on knowledge engineering, called commonKADS is reviewed in the case study. The use of information broker systems offers advantages such as minimizing telecommunication and communication costs. In addition, the administration costs can be minimized if information is automated to provide logistics customers with availability information and schedules, manage bookings and financial transactions. The port communities are seen as more than a place that handles cargo, but more often in today’s environment, handling information. Port customers and partners often require a constant need and flow of information. As the ports’ customers demand constant information 24 hours a day it is important to meet this demand in a service minded fashion. A survey is conducted in Germany, Lithuania and Sweden related to the transportation of oversize cargo and the use information systems available. A discussion of the results leads to further questions on how these logistics communities can add value throughout the logistics chain with the use of information broker systems linking with their trading partners. The conclusion indicates that there is a lack of knowledge in the integration of IT with port community systems. The development of an information broker system is seen as an alternative that adds value and efficiency to the current practices.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 11p
  • Monograph Title: 18th ITS World Congress, Orlando, 2011. Proceedings

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  • Accession Number: 01487129
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 18 2013 1:52PM