European tracking/tracing backbone workshop: 8-9 June 2010 in Brussels

The project is built around working groups of experts in different fields. The results might be captured in a ‘white paper’.

The project is also asked to provide a design and experimental prototype for an electronic European backbone system that could facilitate data exchange between tracking/tracing systems active in Europe and act as a basis on which further improvements in communication could build.

We will develop the design and prototype of the backbone system in close communication with you to assure that the interest of those already active in the field are best considered. The activity is coordinated by KTBL, a German institution without own software sales interests which is active in standardization such as ‘agro-XML’.

To set the right stage in further developments (roadmap) we invite you as a system provider to a focused workshop organized by KTBL in Brussels, June 8-9 this year.

Background

Due to a number of factors, food safety and quality have been issues of growing importance in the last few years. As a result a number of information technology supported tracking and tracing and quality assurance systems have been developed. Most of the existing solutions focus on a certain production chain or a part of a chain. That kind of setting can currently be handled. However, changes in supply chain configurations and interconnections between chains lead to the transformation of the linear structure into a highly dynamic food sector network. To achieve appropriate transparency across the whole food sector, different tracking and tracing systems have to be interconnected. There is currently no satisfying solution available that is up to this task. One of the objectives of the Transparent Food project is thus to create a blueprint proposal for a European Backbone Solution that provides basic and simple functionalities to enable integration of different systems.

Objectives

The objectives of the workshop are:
- to provide an introductory view on the problem
- to create a common understanding of the goals of the envisioned Backbone Solution
- to identify aspects to consider while designing the backbone solution
- to work out a clear view of the situation and to identify state-of-the art on some of these aspects
- to subdivide the task into smaller packages like e. g. identification, protocol level, syntax, semantics…
- to consider future directions taking into account recent technology developments
- to jointly develop a work plan on how to proceed with more in-depth specification work
- to start laying out a structure for documents to be provided