Smart Logistics Service
in the 2nd Period
SIP(Strategic Innovation Promotion Program)
The Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program(SIP) is a national project for science, technology, and innovation, spearheaded by the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation as it exercises its headquarters function to accomplish its role in leading science, technology and innovation beyond the framework of government ministries and traditional disciplines. And it addresses the most important social problems facing Japan, as well as contribute to the resurgence of the Japanese economy.
The 1st period of SIP had been promoted 11 themes from 2014 to 2018 (Cyber-security for Critical Infrastructure has been promoting from 2015 to 2019) and, the 2nd period of SIP started in 2018 has been promoting 12 themes. Each research program is led by one of the experienced and talented program directors (PDs) who are responsible for end-to-end focused research and development, facilitating coordination among government, industry and academic entities. These directors have been charged with guiding their projects from basic research to practical application and commercialization, and ultimately to a clear exit strategy.
The entire supply chain (SC) will be optimized, new industries and added values using data from the logistics/commodity distribution sectors will be created, and the labor shortage and low productivity problems faced by these sectors will be solved. Taking into account collaborations with existing security-related efforts, as well as efforts towards the digitizing of intra-port logistics information, the logistics/commodity distribution data held by various domestic and overseas participants within the SC will be visualized using innovative technologies, and an open, secure data platform, shared and utilized for its optimization, will be developed. Although current efforts are limited to individual companies/industries, a logistics/commodity distribution environment that (i) strengthens the vertical and horizontal connectivity between participants within the SC, (ii) creates features such as on-demand capabilities, (iii) maintains a high logistical quality level, (iv) secures various options for shippers and consumers, simultaneously, and (v) encourages innovation (e.g. new services and technologies), will be realized.