Integrity of supply chain visibility: Linking information to the physical world

J Hulstijn, SJ Overbeek, HM Aldewereld, R. Christiaanse

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Regulatory compliance in international trade can be enhanced by facilitating electronic exchange of trade documents to increase the supply chain visibility. Crucial for acceptance of the supply chain visibility concept is trust in the reliability of the data. This depends on both the integrity of information (no data is altered illicitly) and integrity of the flow of goods (no goods are unknowingly added or taken away). The challenge is to determine how these concepts of integrity are interconnected. In this paper, we discuss control measures to ensure integrity of supply chain information and the related goods flow. Such controls consist of three components. First, only trusted traders take part. Second, technical control measures ensure internal consistency of the information system, i.e., the system maintains integrity constraints based on a model of the transactions taking place. Third, physical and organizational control measures mitigate the risk that events in the real world do not correspond to the reported transactions. The usefulness and adequacy of the approach is illustrated with two case studies: the use of electronic seals in the Smart-CM project, and the use of biometrics for authentication in the E-Link project at Schiphol Airport, the Netherlands.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2012 CAiSE International Workshops
Subtitle of host publicationAdvanced Information Systems Engineering Workshops
EditorsM. Bajec, J. Eder
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783642310683
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event24th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering - Gdansk, Poland
Duration: 25 Jun 201229 Jun 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing


Conference24th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering
Abbreviated titleCAiSE 2012


  • integrity
  • supply chain visibility
  • virtual data pipeline


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