SMART: Intelligent Integration of Supply Chain Processes and Consumer Services based on Unique Product Identification in a Networked Business Environment
The SMART research project aims to support intelligent business networking and consumer services based on effective and efficient information sharing and collaboration across supply chain partners, capitalizing on the fact that products are uniquely and automatically identified (at item, case or pallet level) with the use of RFID technology. The specific objectives of the project include:
- To enable innovative in-store consumer services and new supply-chain collaboration scenarios which exploit the capabilities for unique product identification and real-time information
- The provision of reliable and real-time end-to-end information about product quality and history to supply chain partners as well as to educated consumers through innovative electronic services
- The development of new decision-support algorithms and software tools, taking advantage of unique product identification capabilities and real-time information flows, to support store operations and supply chain processes
- The establishment of a collaborative services repository to enable the open and dynamic integration of supply chain processes in a global environment
The development of a technological framework incorporating inter-organisational standardised processes in the above context, exploiting the innovative technologies of web-service orchestration and choreography and supporting the required process transformation.