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SiLuFra – Secure Air Freight Transport Chains

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SiLuFra is a joint project in which Hamburg Aviation is participating. The consortium, consisting of a total of 14 partners led by the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), is developing new 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.

Background: Ensuring the secure and efficient handling of air freight is a great challenge. This is due, amongst other things, to the wide range of possible goods being transported and to the large number of potential points of attack in the process chain. Despite the explosive nature of the subject, hardly any practicable concepts to solve these problems are in existence to date. In particular in the field of air freight, the development of an integrated security approach for all participants in the process is essential. The analysis of the overall process serves to identify sensitive sections within the air freight transport chain and to determine appropriate security requirements for these sections. The first goal must therefore be to achieve a unified level of security along the entire chain and covering all players. Technology decisions must follow these security requirements. Technical solutions, in other words, must not guide the air freight process, but should allow to facilitate the necessary security level. From an implementation perspective, it must be taken into account that both the process itself and the technologies deployed to solve problems are subject to future change. Beyond this, current regulations and laws can also develop further. A meta-level for the security of the air freight transport chain must therefore be created in accordance with existing regulations and laws, able to deal with changes in process, technological progress, and changing or new threat scenarios. Invariant elements of the air freight transport chain are the flow of goods, the flow of information and/or data (cf. IATA e-Freight and IT for supply chain management) and the involvement in the process of diverse persons and stakeholders.

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Project coordinators:

Prof. Dr Ralf God, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Institute of Aircraft Cabin Systems,, +49 40 42878-8293

Prof. Dr Thorsten Blecker, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Institute of Business Logistics and General Management,, +49 40 42878-3524

Contact at Hamburg Aviation:

Patrick Pulendran,, +49 40 227019-809


Accenture GmbH, Kronberg im Taunus
Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin
Federal Police - Section 24 for Aviation Security, Potsdam
clusterTec GmbH, Dortmund
DFN-CERT Services GmbH, Hamburg
Hamburg Aviation, Luftfahrtcluster Metropolregion Hamburg e. V.
HLI Hamburger Logistik Institut GmbH, Hamburg
LHU - Luft-Hafen-Umschlag GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg
Logistik-Initiative Hamburg e.V.
Lufthansa Cargo AG, Frankfurt am Main
Smiths Heimann GmbH, Wiesbaden
TUHH - Institute of Aircraft Cabin Systems (Coordinator), Hamburg
TUHH - Institute of Business Logistics and General Management (Deputy Coordinator), Hamburg
TUHH - Institute of Air Transportation Systems, Hamburg

Advisory Board:

a.hartrodt (GmbH & Co) KG Hamburg Airfreight
Datenkommunikationssystem AG
Flughafen Hamburg GmbH
IATA Cargo Security Group
Kühne + Nagel AG & Co. KG
German Federal Aviation Office
Lufthansa Technik AG
Siemens AG - Infrastructure & Cities Sector
VACAD - Verband der Air Cargo Abfertiger Deutschlands e.V.

Project volume:

4.97 million Euros


The research and development project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) within the "Security in Aviation" section of the "Research for Civil Security" programme.