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Mapping Weak Signals

Inspired by: FP7 » Seamless Transport Chains

version: 8 / updated: 2011-01-27
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Originally submitted by: Cornelia Daheim
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Source of inspiration

European Commission Framework Programme for RTD (FP7)

Theme/activity of inspiration

Theme 7 - Transport (including aeronautics)

Sub-theme/area of inspiration

Awareness raising and impact assessment of transport research

Uploaded reports, images or pictures related to the Weak Signal

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Signal's headline

(max. 9 words)
Seamless Transport Chains

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
First integrated multimodal supply chains and business-overarching application of intertwined databases enable seamless just-in-time deliveries without stop-overs (e.g. in capital-intensive deposits) across the continent, leading to re-duced costs, a higher quality and more satisfied customers.


logistics, supply chain, databases, just-in-time, seamless transport


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First integrated multimodal supply chains and business-overarching application of intertwined databases enable seamless just-in-time deliveries without stop-overs across the continent, leading e.g. to reduced costs and a higher quality.

Signal's first apperance


Signal's potential evolution

It could lead to...
issue type of issue/development potential impact on society timeframe for the issue to become at least 50% probable
#1 Just-in-time production and delivery might become the predominant business model, not only for industrial goods but consumer goods as well. continuation

Under what assumption the Weak Signal might evolve.

increasing cost- and time-pressure in logistics


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Level 4: important for the whole world

Filters preventing the signal's monitoring

information/communicational filters (media/editorial interests, language, reasoning)

Key driving forces of this signal

Please use these boxes to provide up to 2 drivers of HIGH importance. Click on HELP to see examples:
Driver 1 Driver 2
Technological/Scientific improvements in logistics due to ICT
Economic companies being interested in reducing costs for logistics / transportation

Major risks & opportunities associated to the signal

Please choose the most appropriate timeframe option(s) to which you would like to provide inputs.
Risks Opportunities
between 2015-2025 due to decreasing costs, transportation of goods will rise even more - less need to regionalise production and thus make it more sustainable decreasing costs for logistics and transportation

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Energy security/dynamics
Globalization vs. localization

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
ICT - Information & communication technologies
Transport (including aeronautics)

Pan-European strategies influencing the signal

please justify:
particularly relevant
Strengthening research institutions and universities

Research-friendly strategies potentially improving understanding of the signal

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please justify:
particularly relevant
Addressing cohesion through a localised articulation between supply and demand
(e.g. making research institutions more engaged with their own context and local users; reinforcing knowledge flows into and out of regions; etc.

Signal's relevance for future R&D and STI policies

Note: RTD = research and technology development; STI = science, technology and innovation
Intertwined and business-overarching databases require intensified R&D on effective software-based security technologies (e.g. encryption technologies) to avoid risks through cyber crime.