The primary objective of the H2020 Aeolix project is the improvement of supply chains. Indeed, depending on the country and on the resources allocated, a certain number of difficulties remain in the delivery of goods: delays, over-long waits, insufficient traceability.
Context, societal issues

The supply chain is the set of interdependent companies that are considered to be the different links in the chain. These companies coordinate together to ensure the flow of products or services of their design. In this context, more than 30 partners within the framework of the European AEOLIX project are meeting to participate in the improvement of the supply chain and the harmonisation, at the European level, of various existing chains.

Objectives, scientific problem

The primary objective of the H2020 Aeolix project is the improvement of supply chains. Indeed, depending on the country and on the resources allocated, a certain number of difficulties remain in the delivery of goods: delays, over-long waits, insufficient traceability, Etc... The primary objective of the Aeolix project is to develop architectures and open systems for exchanging information between pan-European data platforms.

The ambition of the project is to develop a distributed and open IT architecture allowing the exchange of information between the key players in European logistics: commercial companies and authorities are equally concerned. These exchanges will make it possible to test the use and impact of the information exchanged in the value chain. Data exchanges can be performed both within and between companies, using a real-time exchange method which, in certain cases, can prove to be essential: transport of hazardous materials for example.

Approach, steps

The Aeolix project is organised around 11 living labs, which are in fact test sites including supply chains across Europe. The French partners of the project, Geoloc Systems, Novacom and Cerema, are tasked with working on the logistics site of the port of Bordeaux. The specificity of this site is that a significant proportion of the goods arriving or leaving the port are hazardous materials.

From the port of Bordeaux, the steps to follow are as follows:

  • Study of the existing supply chain;

  • Identification of commercial and logistical needs (based on the previous study);

  • Call for several carriers (Samat…) to take part in the experimental assessment phase;

  • Implementation of the AEOLIX platform and final assessment.


The result of this starting project is an integrated, European platform that can receive information from the 11 living labs developed in the project.

The platform currently has the following information:

  • The list of drivers, with various information such as last name, first name, date of birth, telephone, driving license;

  • The list of trucks, with various information such as registration, VIN, type of vehicle;

  • Transport orders / mission orders for each driver / truck, with various information such as the shipping / delivery address, the planned loading / delivery dates, the references of the goods (Container no., Batch no., customer reference), hazardous materials transported (UN Number, Technical Name, Danger Label, Packing Group, etc.);

  • Transport documents for the transport of hazardous materials;

  • The estimated time of arrival and the position of the drivers / trucks updated in real time. This information is sent by the Aeolix platform to the drivers' smartphones;

  • A CO2 consumption calculator.

Specific contribution of Cerema

Cerema's work is first of all to understand the operating logic of the port of Bordeaux and the partners revolving around it, and to make a diagnosis concerning the current operation of the existing supply chain. Subsequently, once this diagnosis has been established and the improvements to be made are clearly defined, work to set up data exchange platforms in connection with the Bordeaux living lab will be carried out in collaboration with the partners Geoloc and Novacom. One of Cerema's other missions will consist in assessing the system on-site according to a protocol common to all living Labs.



R&I challenge
Environmental and health impacts
Services, systems and infrastructure for mobility

Architecture for EurOpean Logistics Information eXchange (AEOLIX)

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