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SiLuFra takes off

02.09.2013SpecialCompanies and Organisations

“SiLuFra” is a German abbreviation for “Secure Air Freight Transport Chains”, a new joint project in which Hamburg Aviation is participating. On 1 July, the project received a grant approval notice from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the “Research for Civil Security” programme.   The official launch meeting for the research project took place at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) on 1 August. The project budget totals 4.97 million euros.

SiLuFra will be coordinated by the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and will be funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) within the "Security in Aviation" section of the "Research for Civil Security" programme. Three TUHH institutes alone are involved in the project: the Institute of Aircraft Cabin Systems, the Institute of Business Logistics and General Management, and the Institute of Air Transportation Systems. A further eleven partners from the research and education community, the industry and federal institutions are lending their support to the development of new concepts, strategies and technologies for secure and efficient air freight transport chains. Beyond this, nine stakeholders - including IATA and the LBA (German Federal Aviation Office) - are guiding the project as members of the Advisory Board. Last year, the partners lodged a joint proposal to BMBF with the title "Secure Air Freight Transport Chains: concepts, strategies and technologies for secure and efficient air freight transport chains".

The aim of SiLuFra is to put together processes for effective and efficient supervision of air freight, and to develop these into clearly defined recommendations. To this end, existing regulations, monitoring methods and technologies along with potential threat scenarios are to be analysed. The results of this analysis will be used to produce a process model, on the basis of which it will be easier to implement modified subprocesses and to introduce new technologies. The research partners are working together with other air freight service providers along with logistics and security experts on this demanding task. SiLuFra is intended to facilitate the systematic analysis of Germany's entire freight logistics system. Based on the analysis, approaches to improve security in dealing with air freight will be developed, so that potential weak points in the transport chain can be recognised, thus facilitating sustainable protection against manipulation and attack. The results therefore also contribute to guaranteeing the security of the air freight transport chain for the future.

Hamburg Aviation will make an important contribution to the gathering of information as well as to the communication of findings. The SiLuFra contact partner at Hamburg Aviation is Patrick Pulendran. Overall coordination of the project is in the hands of Prof. Dr Ralf God (Coordinator) from the TUHH Institute of Aircraft Cabin Systems and Prof. Dr Thorsten Blecker (Deputy Coordinator) from the TUHH Institute of Business Logistics and General Management.

Further information: and the Hamburg Aviation Research Database.

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