Projects and funding - Centre for Supply Chain Improvement - University of Derby

Projects and funding

sci-projects-header Find out more about our case studies of projects currently undertaken within the Centre.

CITADEL on the Move (EU Funding)

The aim of the Citadel on the Move project is to make it easier for citizens and application developers from across Europe to create the type of innovative mobile applications they want and need. Open government data is currently often difficult to access and use by the developer community, let alone the average citizen.

Citadel on the Move aims to fulfil these aims by creating formats that make it easier for local government to release data in usable, interoperable formats and by creating and providing templates and tools that make it easier for developers and citizens to create mobile applications that can potentially be used and shared across Europe.

Our role in this project to advise on data standards, the use of Internet of Things and geo-based technologies within the project, and to aid in the creation of the mobile application templates and related tools.

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AdvIOT (EU Funding)

AdvIOT (Advanced Methods for Analyzing and Improving the Reliability and Security of Novel Environmental-friendly Wireless Devices for Internet of Things) is a 4-year funding by EU FP7 Marie Curie Actions, collaborating with other 7 global universities. Find out more

The aim of this project is to develop novel RFID and WSN-based green IOT devices with renewable materials for different applications (by using additive manufacturing methods), such as in healthcare, disaster prevention, and intelligent transportation. Four topics to cover:

  1. Design of novel environmental-friendly RFID and WSN devices
  2. Manufacturing of these devices
  3. Reliability of these wireless devices
  4. Security of the wireless communication between these devices


This project is entitled “ConfigurAbLe and Adaptable MiddlewAre for RFID-based Smart Applications” CALAMARI, jointly with Cairo University Egypt - funded by EU Research, Development and Innovation Programme.

The overall objective of this action is to develop a commercial innovative (Radio Frequency Identification) RFID middleware architecture based on advanced semantic technology to fulfil the need of emerging smart applications. The specific objectives of this action are as follows:

  • Transfer technology and exchange knowledge in the design and development of advanced RFID systems (hardware and software) between research centres and an Egyptian SME
  • Development of innovative RFID middleware, namely, CALAMARI, with enhanced configurability and adaptability using cutting-edge software development methodologies and advanced semantic technologies
  • Development of innovative and practical RFID courseware to promote and educate university students about this emerging technology and its impact on various educational tracks (e.g. MIS, Supply Chain Management, Network Architectures, Software Development, Distributed Computing Systems).

ACRES Engineering (KTP Scheme)

This KTP project is to develop tracking and tracing capabilities for improved visibility using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in order for Acres Engineering to develop new value-added products and services for their clients. The scope of the project includes:

  • Specify and design the information architecture
  • Evaluate existing software and gain the ability to integrate with existing platforms as well as develop platforms internally
  • Determine the design/ placement of RFID Tags
  • Define the scope, parameters and implications of supply chain visibility projects
  • Deploy this capability within Acres whilst also offering to their network of current clients, as well as for new clients attracted to working with Acres as a result of this new capability.

RFID Pilot Project at Car Manufacturer

This Pilot aims to improve the visibility in logistics of inbound and outbound stock delivery of vehicle components. The main idea is to use RFID technology with forklift trucks that can sense and detect stillages to collect and store real-time information. This accurate data collection and monitoring thereof is intended to reduce a certain percentage of human-error that is associated to wrong delivery and shipment of these stillages.

It is envisaged that around 30,000 stillages will be RFID tagged at the production site, at a cross-dock and another European manufacturing plant to provide a holistic view of logistics management.

The project aims at developing a complete software and hardware solution that provides staff members to view, amend, analyse, and process the collected RFID data. For example, the 'Management View' provides detailed information of all data transactions with abilities to change and order new tasks, the 'Maintenance View' provides enough details for a maintenance personnel to perform various tasks on a stillage and update the main databased, and the 'Driver View' is what a forklift driver sees, e.g. stillage ID and where to place it; or if it’s a stillage needing maintenance.