European Space Agency Open Calls
Smart Supply Chain
The smart supply chain call aims to find solutions that could enhance supply chain management by automating operations, ensuring the safe and secure transport of goods, and introducing opportunities to adopt environmentally friendly processes. Additionally, novel technologies can support the optimisation of supply chains; delivery drones, autonomous ground robots, IoT-sensors, and connected machinery offer exciting new opportunities in this regard.
Nanosensors for monitoring and detecting changes in product status during transit and in storage could prove valuable. For example in regards to agriculture this could include monitoring and reporting temperature conditions, possible contamination, breakage or spoilage of goods. For transportation of hazardous goods further critical parameters to be monitored could include pressure, shocks, leakage and so on. Ultimately this could allow to derive a full status history of the given products so that stakeholders are able to take preventative or remedial actions if issues arise. Nanotechnologies could also be used to increase the eco-friendliness of transportation modes involved in multimodal supply chains including automotive, rail and maritime through, for example, means to counteract the effects of oil spills that may occur in transit. Nanotechnology applications in electrification and autonomy of vehicles is also pertinent.
Role of Space
SatCom provide a means to communicate with remote locations in which terrestrial communications infrastructure lacks or is otherwise temporarily unavailable. This would allow the retrieval of data and insights on goods in transit or the operation of the mode of transport itself. SatEO is useful for meteorological data and weather forecasting, mapping and understanding patterns in pollution output. SatNav is useful for the tracking of goods and vehicles in transit.