From 16 October, the port communities of Marseille-Fos and Lyon on the multimodal Rhône corridor will be connecting with MGI’s next-generation Cargo Community System (CCS), Ci5
Ci5 will manage all goods on ships calling at Marseille-Fos. MGI (Marseille Gyptis international, usually just "Gyptis") has been providing training for over 1,200 people in Marseille, Fos and Le Havre since 3 September. All users trained have been able to access Ci5 once they have completed the course.
"The speed with which we have developed this CCS connecting around fifteen sectors is quite remarkable," says Gyptis. "Ci5 is based on open source technologies and a service-oriented architecture. This was a strategic choice that will make the system easy to upgrade so it can regularly integrate new innovations, such as Big Data, IoT, Smart Containers, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence."
Jaap van den Hoogen, President of the MGI Executive Board, said: “We started with a blank page and consulted users throughout development. We also chose the best partners in Thales Services and CEA Tech. With our top-level operational and technical teams, we worked in start-up mode and adopted the AGILE methodology to develop Ci5 in under three years.”
AGILE is a process whereby adjustments can be made on the basis of user feedback, while continuing to integrate new functionalities.
All modules covering import, export and transhipment goods handling will be rolled out on 16 October. This includes, Vessel, Cargo, Customs/Authorities, Terminal/Warehouse and Activity Monitoring for real-time goods tracking and management for all port transit. A Business Intelligence module is also included to provide performance indicators.
Ci5 moves away from "AP+ jargon to adopt the terms used by professionals, such as booking, call and manifest," MGI said, referring to the AP+ PCS Ci5 was developed to replace.
MGI has integrated original innovations for greater operational efficiency, aimed at saving time, speeding up goods transit and making the port community more competitive.
Jean-Philippe Salducci, President of the UMF (Marseille Fos Maritime and River Federation), said: “We can paint a true picture of the needs only through cooperation and partnership. This explains the significant involvement of the Marseille-Fos port community in the development of Ci5 with MGI.
"This next-generation CCS required all the creativity of MGI teams and is the culmination of a controlled process - an example of how to cultivate a good idea until it bears fruit. Drawing on the characteristic tenacity and commitment of our port community, MGI is catapulting port clients, shippers and ship owners into a new, smoother, faster and more competitive era. We are all very proud!”
Other modules are under development, including bulk management, consolidated cargo, goods port dues and a mobile version, which will be made available in 2019.