Activity 3: Pilots, Living Labs & Testing

Activity leader: Swedish Maritime Administration

The aim of this Activity is to develop Pilots and Living Labs in order to address aspects related to the development of a federative network of platforms that encompasses existing platforms, processes and investments in line with the requirements defined in the Interim Master Plan. In general:

In order to ensure the further implementation and use federative network of platforms concept by stakeholders, the concept needs to be validated through Pilots and Living Labs and prove its sustainability. It is necessary to first further detail the requirements and validate the proposed solution in a real environment setting.

To this end the Pilots and Living Labs will develop and validate particular concepts in a controlled environment as well as provide a more dynamic approach for testing the interoperability potential of existing legacy IT systems and platforms. The individual Living Labs and Pilots will validate the core operating framework and the design principles of the FEDeRATED Interim Master Plan.

The Pilots and Living Labs concern both public administration processes in e.g. the monitoring and control of the movement of transport means and goods as well as logistics processes related to e.g. the tracking and tracing of cargo and planning tools. Overall, the logistic chain operators, - shippers, transporters (inland navigation, road, rail, aviation), forwarders and terminal operators – will be represented in the pilots/living labs, Some Pilots and Living Labs will focus on specific roles, platforms and services while others will address the more specific aspects related for example to governance requirements.

Each partner will be actively engaged in one or more Pilots / Living Labs. The general scope of the different Pilots and Living Labs is to ensure that the four design principles of a federated network of platforms, all transport sectors and additional public administration sectors such as Customs are covered as a minimum. The pilots and Living Labs will be implemented in most of the Corridors.

The scope of the pilots and Living Labs will include but not limit to the following functionality and features addressing:

Network/system aspects:

 The role of the public administration:

The transport operations:

The logistics processes:

The following types of platforms are envisaged to be subject of the pilots and Living Labs as follows:

- Platforms related to public administration:

- Platforms related to transport operations:

 Platforms related to the provision of logistics services:

The partners will develop Pilots/Living Labs also with other stakeholders in EU Member States and non-EU States (e.g. China, Singapore, India) under the provision that the costs for these other stakeholders are not eligible The selection criteria of the stakeholders to participate in the development of Pilots/Living Labs will comprise but not limit to the type of platforms, transport operations and logistic processes relevant to validate the Interim Master Plan.

The Pilots / Living Labs will vary from testing of individual aspects to large-scale multi-corridor, multi-sector and multi-functionality. With respect to resource allocation, beneficiaries and stakeholders roles, number and final scope of the pilots/Living Labs, the Activity is to an extent dependent on the key issues identified through Activities 1 and 2. The scoping will be defined in a report Testing and Living Lab Scope, mid 2020. The final results will be published in 2023.

The Activity is divided into 2 sub-activities:

• Sub-activity 3.1: Generic components development

The aim of this sub-activity is to develop components and functionality that have been identified in the technical architecture (sub activity 2.2). The components aim to support the validation of the requirements developed in the Master Plan. The components, possibly developed by specific pilots, are also required in setting up the Living Labs. These components will be developed via the appropriate IT system development management procedures – i.e. a Continuous Integration and Development (CI/CD) framework - and tested for deployment. These tests will be conducted to support requirements formulated by the various Living Labs, as to allow the CD/CI components and services to be implemented by the beneficiaries and stakeholders in each of the Living Labs.

This will be done through:

• Sub-activity 3.2: Living Labs

The aim of this sub-activity is to develop Living Labs as innovation environments for validation of the solution. The Living Labs provide feedback to components CI/CD. Synergies between the various Living Labs will be sought, according the aforementioned four design principles of a federative network of platforms.

The sub-activity and Living Labs will involve and meet as a minimum the following requirements:

Living Labs will be developed and organised by the beneficiaries to incorporate one or more of the following:

Common Living Labs are conducted by two or more Beneficiaries. National Living Labs are conducted by individual Beneficiaries. In all cases the experiences and results will be made available to all Beneficiaries. The Living Labs will be used to validate the functional, technical and possibly organisational requirements and specifications developed under Activity 2 (Master Plan) through the assessment of the Pilots and Living Labs regarding the appropriateness and viability of the issues addressed in the Master Plan.