CEN approves CORE specification revision

Published: 
15 February 2018
Managing supply chain and security (Port of Barcelona) ©@igorovsyannykov

To reflect the evolution in EGNOS service provision, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has approved and published a revision of the CWA 16390 specification for the CORE project (Consistently Optimised Resilient Secure Global Supply-Chains) - this technical specification covers the development of products and applications based on services provided by EGNOS.

The CORE project is a supply chain management and security project co-funded by the European Commission that aims to enhance the efficiency, speed and reliability of trade and logistics while improving the effectiveness of global trade oversight, safeguarding supply chain security, and meeting other societal challenges related to global trade and logistics.

CORE aims to demonstrate how a consistently optimised resilient ecosystem, integrating interoperability, security, resilience and real-time optimisation, can produce cost effective, fast and robust solutions that guarantee the efficient and secure transit of goods through the worldwide Global Supply Chain system.

Reflecting EGNOS development

The project undertook this standardisation activity to review the CEN Workshop Agreement CWA 16390, published in 2012. Under the umbrella of CEN, and with the contribution of Italian CEN member UNI, the standardisation activity was carried out through a CEN Workshop (the CEN/WS CORE). This workshop made the revisions to reflect developments in EGNOS service provision, to include the configuration of chipsets enabling the use of EGNOS/EDAS/multi-GNSS, and to take into account the utilisation of the authentication feature of the Galileo Open Service.

Launched in January 2017, CEN/WS CORE took nine months to complete the revision, including public inquiries and open consultations, and the CWA 16390 revision “Interface control document for provision of EGNOS/EDAS/multi-GNSS based services for tracking and tracing the transport of goods” was finally approved in September 2017. It has been published by CEN and is available here.

Ensuring interoperability, supporting market development

Standards ensure interoperability while preventing the proliferation of proprietary solutions. In the field of telematics, standards lay the foundation for market exploitation, by allowing companies to turn prototypes into products and to move from demonstrations to market implementation.

CWA 16390 is the technical specification for the development of products and applications based on the services provided by the EGNOS, namely EGNOS OS and EDAS, for tracking and tracing the transport of goods. Following its publication, CWA 16390 was adopted by several European industries, and used by Italy’s and France’s ministries of transport in their national/regional systems for the management of dangerous goods transport.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Working Group, which periodically updates regulations for the international transport of dangerous goods, is currently defining the introduction of the use of telematics also taking into account CWA 16390:2018.

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Updated: Feb 15, 2018