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WP3: Elaboration of the Cloud Computing Concept

Responsible partner: University of Economics Wroclaw (PP4)

WP 3 represents the concept phase of LOGICAL and therefore takes place in the first year of the project implementation. For the entire WP implementation, the participation of business representatives is crucial. Therefore, an awareness raising campaign about the competitive gains of a cloud computing tool represents the starting point of LOGICAL activities. The campaign leads to a series of three workshops in each partner location. They aim to introduce the LOGICAL approach to the group of end-users, to feedback results of a business survey, and to discuss with them the elaborated “cloud architecture”. The mentioned business survey is a further action to take the exact needs of the anticipated end-users as early into account as possible. The survey structure as well as the workshop methodology will be defined by PP 4 as WP leader to ensure a concerted and comparable approach in all partner regions.

While the tasks above are implemented by the partners who represent the business community within the consortium, the infrastructure operators have the task to identify system requirements and the parameters to enable the linkage of the LOGICAL Cloud to existing management systems of both global players in logistics (e.g. Lufthansa Cargo, DHL) and institutional actors (e.g. maritime management). This task is followed by a detailed analysis of data ownership structures and legal frameworks to ensure that the anticipated data clouds are respecting both all relevant data protection legislation and individual standards of anticipated users and data providers. The final preparatory task, undertaken under the guidance of the university/research partners (PP 4, PP 7, PP 16), is to assess the savings in transaction costs if the current status quo is changed through the launch of the data cloud as well as the business-to-business co-operation potentials.

The WP activities ultimately lead to a “cloud architecture” (structural plan of the IT tool) agreed on transnational level between all partners. The common architecture allows that the data clouds of the individual locations can later be interlinked (multi-cloud concept) and that further infrastructure providers of logistic knots can later adhere to the LOGICAL Cloud if they follow the agreed standard. In preparation of WP 4 tasks, each local partnership will furthermore determine location-specific features for each of the anticipated data clouds (e.g. link to maritime safety administration in the case of the Port of Koper; link to German Rail to enable intermodal co-operation at the Leipzig hub). The entire WP is realised in intensive transnational co-operation and leads to an universal standard for the architecture of data clouds for logistics centers.