PLANNING OF THE PROJECT
The StimulAIS project started on November 2012 and will end on October 2014. The project is structured in several work packages (WP) lead by different partners of the Consortium. The WPs mainly consist of technical work, but they also take into account management and exploitation strategies activities.
MANAGE STRUCTURE AND ROLES OF THE PARTNERS
The management structure has been established with the aim of providing an effective project monitoring and control. In fact, four main organizational figures will be used to manage the project. The final management organizational structure is shown in the figure.
SME partners hold the decision making power within the consortium, while RTD subcontractors are responsible of the delivery of technical work.
The four figures involved in the Management Structure and the related assigned tasks are next presented:
PLANNING OF THE MEETINGS
Several meetings have been planned during the development of the project. These meetings include Consortium Meetings and Interim Reviews. Consortium Meetings are arranged between the partners of the StimulAIS project, while Interim Reviews are arranged by the Project Officer of the European Community to supervise the development of the project. Here we show the planning of our meetings:
Publicado el 15.3.2013 por Tequir
Este artículo forma parte de la publicación de NISO (The National Information Standards Organization) referida a los estándares que se están instrumentando en las instituciones de la memoria: Archivos, bibliotecas y museos en su relación con linked data. En concreto este artículo versa sobre la gestión de los vocabularios en linked data.
The article describes the shift in popular approaches to large-scale metadata management and interoperability to the increasing use of the Resource Description Framework to link bibliographic data into the larger web community. The authors also identify areas where best practices and standards are needed to ensure a common and effective linked data vocabulary infrastructure.
Publicado el 26.2.2013 por Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza González
All sectors and industries face moments of transition and opportunity when a new technology is introduced into its processes or an established technology is given a new innovative use. From the advent of the printing press, to that of the water mill and the steam engine, industry has transformed greatly over the centuries thanks to technological innovation. It may come in fits and starts, but we have at hand one of those technological breakthroughs – mobile asset tracking.
A mobile asset tracking solution is a system comprised of technological elements (hardware and software) working together to collect and process field activity asset data as a consequence of an industrial activity. This may be a company that distributes gas in steel cylinders, or one that distributes beer in kegs, or chemical products like lubricants in intermediate bulk containers (IBCs). Many industries use different types of high value containers, which are assets they buy and then release them into the supply chain to deliver their products and services to their customers.
For these industries, mobile assets play a central role in their operations since they are the vehicle through which their end customers receive their products and services. A major part of their operations is focused on manipulating these assets in one way or another and then shipping them along their supply chains, both internally and through third-parties, those assets being submitted to cleaning, maintenance, conditioning, filling, periodic inspection and/or qualification as well as diverse logistic processes varying in complexity and capillarity of their distribution networks.
The central role of these mobile assets for such companies leads us to two conclusions. Firstly, the quality of services delivered and the efficiency of operations around their company’s activity is directly linked with the efficiency in handling these assets. If there is shrinkage, a major part of it will be reflected in lost or broken containers, and if there is waste, a major part will be related to handling and conditioning problems with the container. So, by monitoring the container you are directly measuring operations.
Secondly, an activity that transports its products in costly mobile assets will normally carry high capital investment since those high value assets must be introduced in sufficient numbers into the supply chain to cover demand. A shortage would be an immediate problem in terms of sales and opportunities lost, so you will always make sure they are present in sufficient numbers, which, from a business perspective, is not necessarily the proper number.
At Athelia we build tools to monitor, measure and act on those variables; tools to take control of what happens with your mobile assets when they leave your plant or warehouses, as well as keep their numbers under control.
There are some excellent examples of the transformational capacity of such tools in many industries. I myself have been witness to some of them and lucky enough to contribute to their success. From a technological perspective, a mobile asset tracking system is an ensemble of technical elements working together to collect field data. But for a business person, normally a logistics and/or production manager, this system represents a giant leap which will require a good deal of courage and leadership to fully grasp its transformational power. Managers are confronted with the decision to invest in a system installed at many points in their supply chain and installations, that will fundamentally modify their processes, and most probably will imply training for some of their workers, as well as a good deal of change management; all of this on the promise of significant transformation through an IT tool and the intelligence brought by the knowledge acquired with the information collected by it.
I can understand perfectly how some managers prefer to play it safe, looking for easier ways to tweak their operations, making small improvements and adjustments, feeling themselves, full of doubts when confronted with the decision of committing to modernizing their supply chains by deploying one of these mobile asset tracking systems.
However, it is amazing how technology progressively penetrates different industries and sectors of activity. It is clear to almost everybody today, the transformational power of technology in this information age and how it’s reaching into every corner of every human activity. We have plenty of examples of industries who have unleashed new ways of operating by "digitizing" part of their activity.
We are used to hearing statements like "information is power" everywhere, but how many of us have really thought seriously about that sentence? Not in general terms but applied to what we do every day. When I discuss with logistics, production and industry managers, no matter from which country and activity, they're smart and informed people, seasoned experts in their respective fields who have been delivering solid results throughout their careers. Nonetheless, they think "information is power" has nothing to do with their particular activity, because they don’t contemplate how their activity can be measured, and that when this data is collected, patterns start to emerge - the type of patterns that only emerge when you put together a million-piece jigsaw puzzle - the type of patterns machines are good at finding and we humans can't see on the ground by looking at day to day operations.
In the late seventies and early eighties, the retail industry gave birth to the data warehousing revolution, pioneered by the financial industry. They suddenly started to measure the information coming from their point of sales, collecting them in data sets and looking at the patterns that emerged from the global picture. This, of course, is commonplace today, but then it was revolutionary. The concept that from disconnected pieces of information, with no apparent relationship and useless beyond the analysis of that specific transaction, a pattern could emerge and decisions to boost sales can be taken. The transaction of buying a four-pack yogurt is nothing special, beyond the price and cost of the transaction itself or maybe the date it happened. It is just a fact, an event that happened and it is what it is. We can't do anything to undo it or change it anymore. But when you put together all yogurt transactions with those from the rest of the articles bought by the same customers you might suddenly discover that a big percentage of those customers who bought yogurt are also buying fruit, and those customers are the ones buying the most expensive yogurt, which are bio and fat-free. This pattern leads us to put a specialized high margin bio products shelf next to the fruit and voilá! – high-margin sales increase 2%. Electronically and systematically measuring every article sold through bar-codes led to this retail revolution.
But again, this is normal for all of us today. We all know this is how retailers operate all around the globe. In the retail sector this is no longer a point of differentiation, but rather just a basic requirement to compete in today's world.
The same principles are used in the financial industry to estimate the risk and interest of a loan in relation with the borrower demographics and characteristics, or in the car manufacturing industry to optimize their dealer network across the different areas of a region.
These are true examples of what we mean with "information is power". We can analyze the behavior of complex systems, such as supply chains or customer bases, looking for trends and patterns that are otherwise invisible to the human eye. No matter how good an analyst you are or how much business knowledge you have, you will never be able to identify a trend in the last million shipping operations that would lead you to identify the differences in behavior within your distributors or customers. This is the type of knowledge that could lead to implementing actions that streamline performance of the supply chain by identifying the black holes, and allowing you to take action and measure again in a timely manner to see the results.
When you don't measure and monitor efficiently, you have to wait for clear symptoms to manifest, such as stock breakages or drops in sales, in order to start making corrective actions that will, after enough time passes, manifest again in symptoms of recovery (or not). You can try to anticipate these symptoms with the “gut feelings” you probably have developed over the years combined with your business knowledge and intuition, but chances are this won't suffice, while you might get lucky a couple of times it would be extremely difficult to have repeated success.
This is our case for mobile asset tracking. Our tools collect, analyze and measure the most important indicators of those returnable containers and assets within the supply chain, so you can make informed decisions based on actionable data, the same type of decisions you make when looking at your sales dashboard in your ERP system, once a revolutionary technology but commonplace today. Our firm belief is: we can't control what we can't measure.
In today's world, with more and more areas of our life and activities being digitized, mobile asset tracking is still an emerging technology for supply chains, which means we can still make a big impact in the industry, allowing us to out-think the competition. But we as managers need to make a decision about whether we have the courage to be leaders and take our companies to the forefront of this revolution.
Publicado el 24.1.2013 por Conversión Magro · Athelia
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Artículo resumen de Business Teacher en el que se analiza el modelo de negocio de Tesco. Se incluye acceso a más documentos en los que se profundiza, entre otros temas, en la estrategia digital de la compañía:
"Tesco is one of the most advanced companies in consumer understanding aided by IT (e.g. Dunhumby and Tesco Clubcard data). Consumer data has i) shaped product offerings ii) ranges iii) given Tesco a better understanding of consumer segments and shopping profiles and iv) helped marketing to build loyalty and develop promotion offerings that suit target groups".
"Tesco has looked to increasing efficiency and effectiveness. Cost savings have been sought from the supply chain, through better use of IT, and from policies and management of suppliers to ensure the greatest value to the business and customer".
Publicado el 19.9.2012 por Equipo GNOSS
Publicado el 10.9.2012 por EmprendeRioja
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Dulsco LLC, whose one of the core line of business is waste management services in, UAE, awarded the RFID project to Infotek Software & Systems (i-TEK) located inPune,India.
Publicado el 6.9.2012 por Daniel Labrada Martinez · Athelia
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W3C incluye a Volkswagen entre sus casos de éxito de contextos y buscadores facetados (semánticos). El proyecto de búsqueda contextual marca un hito en la estrategia web de Volkswagen y su relación con la Web de los Datos: "The contextual search project marks a hallmark of achievement in Volkswagen content and data strategies. It represents technical innovation in one of its truest forms and presents a paradigm shift in the way Volkswagen uses and shares data across the web"
El documento recoge una relación de beneficios asociados al uso de la tecnología semántica en este proyecto:
Publicado el 2.8.2012 por Equipo GNOSS
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Talis Aspire es el nombre comercial de Talis Education Ltd, la división de Talis Group Ltd dedicada a explotar su tecnología en el ámbito educativo:
"Talis Education Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Talis Group Ltd – a privately owned, established innovation company. We apply decades of expertise in our business divisions focused on our partner communities in education and linked data. Talis Education Ltd is our professional learning technology business"
El título de una próxima charla de Tom Heath, Senior Research Scientist de Talis Education, expresa bien los objetivos de Talis Aspire: Building a Linked Data Graph for Education.
Desde su experiencia en web semántica y datos enlazados, han generado 2 líneas de servicios aplicadas al ámbito educativo:
Talis Aspire Campus Edition proporciona a los profesores y bibliotecarios herramientas sencillas para crear listas de lectura. Las funciones de enlazado con la biblioteca, alertas de adquisiciones y novedades y localización de recursos facilitan a los profesores la conexión con la biblioteca para encontrar lo que necesitan. El proceso de gestión y suministro de recursos educativos se transforma, transformando la experiencia de aprendizaje, al enlazar la biblioteca con la facultad y los estudiantes, dentro y fuera del campus.
Talis Aspire Community Edition es un repositorio de recursos educativos de calidad, seleccionados por expertos, en el que colaboran con sus fondos diferentes universidades. Actualmente está en versión Beta, y cuenta con 363.482 recursos, usados en 22.473 cursos universitarios. La mayor parte de los recursos son referencias a libros físicos y cursos. Una vez registrado el usuario, le permite:
Publicado el 31.7.2012 por Equipo GNOSS
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The RFID technology can be useful applied in health centers, residential and homes for the elderly. For example to manage the laundry and for optimizing the distribution of clothing used in residences.
Information in spanish language.
Publicado el 17.7.2012 por Athelia