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ITAIDE News from the 10th UN Cefact Forum, Dublin

The 10th UN CEFACT Forum was held in Dublin, Ireland for the first time from March 26 to 30 2007. This represented a singular opportunity for Irish professionals, from industry sectors and ICT generally to take part in and contribute to one of the longest running, significant and inclusive international standards development communities.

The evening of Thursday March 29 saw the launch of Single Window Ireland, facilitating our trade. This important initiative presented a vision for a new way to do business and was prepared jointly by Forfás and the Trade Facilitation Ireland group of the IEA (Irish Exporters Association).

On Thursday March 29, CP3 Group & UN/CEFACT hosted a joint open session on Trade Facilitation. Industry leaders presented over three sessions;

  1. Trade Facilitation: The Competitiveness Imperative (chaired by Brendan Farrell of Trade Facilitation Ireland)
  2. The Role of Electronic Trade in Irish Competitiveness (chaired by Ronnie O’Toole Senior Trade Policy Analyst with Forfás)
  3. Perspectives on Trade Facilitation (chaired by John Dunne chief executive Chambers Ireland)

ITAIDE members (Barbara Fluegge, Alexander Schmidt, Tobias Vogel, Slawomir Ulankiewicz, Gunther Stuhec, Allen Higgins, Séamas Kelly, Stefan Klein, Yao-Hua Tan) took active roles supporting and collaborating with colleagues from other organisations in the lead up and over the duration of the 10th UN CEFACT Forum.

Barbara Fluegge and Allen Higgins delivered the first Lunch and Learn session on Monday March 26 in the Arrol Room at the Guinness Storehouse. The title of the lunch and learn presentation was "Standards, Interoperability and Living Labs" and they described the scope of a future study into the feasibility of orchestrated technological intervention in the pharmaceutical supply chain setting involving a constellation of involved actors. This intervention is designed to employ a suite of technological building blocks applicable to the identification, movement and border declaration of pharmaceutical supplies & products, ranging over item through to logistics level identification systems. They proposed a conceptual architecture comprising Single Window Customs services and material handling systems facilitating both electronic and physical documentation, the use of smart secure product identification and labelling in conjunction with Licit Product Authentication services. They expect the proposed demonstrator to be compatible with both state of the art and state of play identification technology, including; Copy Detection Pattern (CDP), Holospots, Barcode (linear, 2D), Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID tag e.g. blinded EPC). Licit product verification is established through secure product serialisation and authentication services and anomaly detection can then be carried out on managed business data (e.g. using business analytics software), providing traffic movement analysis, product history and pedigree, and self evaluation. It is hoped that these services may be usefully employed to promote patient safety, communicate risk exposure, and aid border protection agencies fulfilling their anti-counterfeiting remit in a variety of important scenarios.