As of March 29th, 2018, the scheme is available to use in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is the first county the scheme is launched in, with an international roll-out set for later in 2018. The scheme enables everyone in the logistics sector to share information with all participants and is an undertaking spanning dozens of private-sector entities in logistics and transportation that began in June 2016.
Innopay, a digital transaction consultancy firm, oversaw the collaborative element of building the scheme, utilising its extensive experience in developing mechanisms for the financial sector in the Netherlands.
As reported in February, the scheme covers all actors through the supply chain and contributes to meeting the Netherlands’ CO2 reduction goals for the logistics and transportation sector as set out in the Paris Climate Agreement. The scheme is based on uniform legal, function, operational, and technical standards that require users to adapt software where necessary.
The organisations that will use iSHARE at the time of launch in the Netherlands are the following:
- Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam
- Nature’s Pride
- Sany Group
- Secure Logistics
- Total Produce
- Yellowstar Solutions
- Globis Software and its GlobChain partners
One of iSHARE’s key features is the delegation of rights, enabling companies to share data with new entities previously unknown to them through a trusted network. Here, organisations can delegate viewing rights to their data to a participating partner, who can then pass on these rights to one of their partners, which allows businesses to ultimately share data with these new entities. Michiel Haarman, programme manager at the Neutral Logistics Information Platform, which heads the endeavour, on this note adds that, “[t]his marks another important step in the iSHARE project; we have delivered a cornerstone for the trust-based network within which data can be shared without obstacles”.
By Elliot Lyons, Research Analyst