FINRUS 2 - Compatibility of IT systems between Finnish and Russian companies
STATUS - on-going
The project aims to accelerate goods transport between Finland and Russia and to facilitate border-crossing formalities with the help of electronic information systems. A joint transport database will reduce the work load of border authorities and facilitate the exchange of information between the two countries.
The project coordinates eight pilot projects involving information systems in logistics between Finland and Russia:
- Development of a logistics ICT platform;
- A mobile solution for directing and monitoring vehicles and storage functions;
- Information integration for increasing transparency in the logistics chain;
- A method for submitting advance notices of a load entering the EU area as required in the customs codex;
- RFID technology for identifying raw timber carriages;
- Development of electronic data systems for imports and exports together with the Russian partners;
- Transfer of transport data to Russians;
- Transport database in logistics.
The pilot projects will be implemented by competent authorities from both Finland and Russia, enterprises in the field, and expert groups. The work will be carried out under the guidance of Finnish and Russian ministries of transport.
Current Status of the project
Pilot 1: ICT-Platform development to support logistics between Finland and Russia
- No companies or all of the companies in cases depending on the point of view. The nature of this case differs from the others and it is not dedicated to any single company/group of companies. On going work. Is done in parallel with SOMAF project (Service Oriented Mobile Application Framework).
Pilot 2: Transport Vehicle Guidance and Tracking Based on a Mobile Solution
- Pilot company is Russian Cargo Service Oy; also involved are its partnering Russian transport companies.
- Work on the pilot has begun in September with a meeting and initial planning. As part of the planning stage, a questionnaire is currently being prepared, to be carried out among the drivers of the participating transport companies. Concrete piloting is planned to start in January/February 2008.
Pilot 3: Information Integration to Increase Transparency in Logistics Chain
- This case aims to develop tools and methodology for delivering information from the trading partners to logistics chain parties and other stakeholders. The information to be delivered is mainly invoicing information and it is targetted to improve the quality and efficiency of border passing documents creation.
- Participating companies: Canon North-East, Canon Russia, 30 Russian distributors (names unavailable), several other partners (names unavailable). First discussions have occurred. Concrete piloting time is not yet decided.
Pilot 4: Pre-arrival information required by EU Customs code
- Pilot company UPM Forest, related organisations SKAL, Customs and ASMAP.
- The first planning meeting where the problem and first ideas for solutions were discussed was held on 9th of September at UPM, Kouvola. As the UPM forest is renewing the IT system at the first of November, it was decided to continue the planning at the second week of January 2008. The pilot is dependent of the horizontal pilot 1, ICT development. The aim is to perform the first tests on February / March 2008.
Pilot 5: Development of import and export related ICT systems for Russian partners of a Finnish company (Import/Export of Wood Products)
- After discussions this case focuses on the same problem as pilot 4. However, the point of view is here bidirectional since both import and export are involved. Implementation starts in January/February. Piloting is estimated to be done in the late summer or early autumn of 2008.
- Companies involved, Finland: UPM Corporation, UPM Wood; Russia: NBI, Novgorod, Intertransport, St. Petersburg, Razan Expedition, Moscow, Discovery Group, St. Petersburg. Also logistics players such as Schenker, DHL, and DSV are included although these will probably not be involved in the pilot.
Pilot 6: 3 PL- Model (Real time transport database)
- Pilot company is Itella Logistics in Finland, Armadillo and Polar Logistics in Russia; SKAL and ASMAP.
- The first preparatory meeting with the participants (Pilot 7 and Pilot 8) was held on 11.10.2007. The meeting discussed about the differences between the Broker Model and 3PL- Model. Also it was discussed about scheduling the project, the participants and the methodology used. Also it was agreed that it is possible to unify some meetings with 3 PL- project.
- It was agreed to organize the first project meeting with Russian partners in the end of January, 2008.
- The first project meeting with the research team was held on 1.11.2007. The meeting discussed about practical issues, how to manage the schedules. It was agreed that the first step will be to familiarize the existing practises in the Itella- client procedures during November 2007.
- The laboratory tests will be held during the first quarter of 2008. The pilot tests are not yet planned, the preliminary schedule is spring 2008.
Pilot 7: Broker Model
- Pilot companies are Shell and Schenker, Matralen (transports), broker company, SKAL and ASMAP.
- The first preparatory meeting with the participants (Pilot 7 and Pilot 8) was held on 11.10.2007. In the meeting the differences between the Broker Model and 3PL- Model were discussed about. Also it was discussed about scheduling the project, the participants and the methodology to be used. Also it was agreed that it is possible to unify some meetings with 3 PL- project. It was agreed to organize the first project meeting with Russian partners in the end of January, 2008.
- The first project meeting with the internal research team was held on 1.11.2007. The meeting discussed about process descriptions, how to manage the schedules and practical issues. It was agreed that the first step will be to familiarize the existing practises in the Schell – Schenker procedures. The laboratory tests will be held during the first quartel of 2008. The pilot tests are not yet planned, the preliminary schedule is spring / summer 2008.
Pilot 8: RFID-technology in identification of raw wood railway waggons
- Pilot companies Stora-Enso and VR.
- The first preparatory meeting was held on the 17th of November at VR. The meeting discussed the VRs own RFID project and its relation to FINRUS2 Pilot. The outcome was that FINRUS2 pilot concentrates on interoperability of the VR and RZD systems, from customer point of view. As soon as technical specifications are received from RZD, laboratory tests are performed at VTT. Pilot tests with real wagons are not planned yet, tentative time table is Spring 2008.
For more information, please contact:
Mr. Jarkko Lehtinen, VTT