Using ebXML for Supply Chain Traceability

Pitfalls, solutions and experiences
  • A. Bechini
  • M. G. C. A. Cimino
  • A. Tomasi
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 189)


In this paper, we analyze the main issues of traceability along the supply chain: architectural solutions, business process interaction, lot identification, traceability information management, and communication standards. In particular, the employment in this setting of two different standards for inter-enterprise business collaboration (as ebXML and Web Services) is discussed. Moreover, different standards for lot identification and data capture, as EPC for RFID and EAN/UCC for bar code are taken into account, uncovering their potential contributions in reducing the cost of procedures for tracking goods. The Cerere project experience is finally reported: it is shown that the architecture of a Web Information System framework (developed to assess food supply requirements) witnesses the actual possibility to support process integration and semantic interoperability via XML-based technologies.

Key words

Traceability Information Systems Web Services ebXML 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Bechini
    • 1
  • M. G. C. A. Cimino
    • 1
  • A. Tomasi
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione: Elettronica, Informatica, TelecomunicazioniUniversity of PisaPisaItaly

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