|ICONET is a 30 month project that will significantly extend the state of the art research and development around the Physical Internet (PI)concept in pursuit of a new networked architecture for interconnected logistics hubs by focusing on the following:
The New ICT Infrastructure & Reference Architecture to Support Operations in Future PI Logistics Networks (ICONET) strategic goal is to establish a “cloud-based PI framework and platform”, which builds upon these latter leading-edge technologies, in a pathway that integrates PI-driven capabilities, by means of an incremental and verifiable approach that exploits progress in digital and physical interconnectivity through open and public Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).
ICONET commences with the outside-in design of mutually beneficial PI business models for the principal supply chain actors creating the ICONET PI Framework and PI Hubs Plan.
The PI business models set the context, and lead to the formal requirements, specifications and design of the PI Control and Management Platform, with the aim to yield networking technologies in conjunction with infrastructure, middleware and application componentry, realising the ICONET concepts and capabilities, in the form of a demonstrable Proof of Concept (PoC).
The ICONET PoC will be deployed, tested, refined and extended in four industry-driven PI Living Labs, each focusing on one of four Key PI Capabilities (KIPC):
Finally, the Impact, Communication, Capacity Building and Commercialisation, taking over all project outputs, has the goal of delivering a feasibility study, market analyses and business plan in support of understanding and anticipating the broader dimensions to successful productisation and exploitation of ICONET’s innovation, in turn laying the foundational steps for evolving the PoC towards a scalable, market-oriented enterprise offering. 4 patents are expected to be filed to protect freedom of usage and commercial exploitation of ICONET’s results.
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The ICONET project is funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 769119.