We have 4 use cases within the main project: logistics of building wooden eco-houses (Lindbäcks/Podcomp/Balance); supply chains in luxury textiles (Piacenza/Domina/ENEA); furniture manufacturing (Micuna/AIDIMME/FEVAMA) and service provision for White Goods (Whirlpool/Holonix). Technical development is driven by IBM, SRDC, University of Bremen, BIBA, and Salzburg Research who are also coordinator. Validation is led by LTU and dissemination and business plans are done by Innova.

Organisation of work

The project has been organised in 9 Work Packages:

The major activities of the intensive first year are WP1 (Use Case Requirements and Collaboration Design), WP2 (Platform Technology Specification), WP3 (Core Business Services for the NIMBLE Platform) and parts of WP6 (Trust Security, Privacy, Reputation and Information Quality) and WP8 (Platform Adoption – Communication – Exploitation) .

WP4 (Use Case Experimentation, First-Round Validation and Evolution) is the first validation phase for the platform, leading to the second phase of implementation in WP5 (Value-Added Business Services for the NIMBLE Platform).

In parallel with the first and second development phase is WP6 (Trust, Security, Privacy Reputation and Information Quality). The first phase of WP6 ensures that the platform is safe for doing business on it, so it will cover threat modelling, implementation of security features and encryption. The second phase will be more focussed on privacy and security applications, reputation algorithms and safe collaboration under rules of confidentiality.

Development will be reduced in the final year, but we will continue to improve the platform in response to the validation that will happen in WP7 (Use Case Validation). This validation will not only include the use cases, but also feedback that will come from external early adopters. Note that the large majority of issues raised in external validation will be based on automatically generated feedback of the NIMBLE platform. Equipping the platform with the necessary feedback mechanisms is done in WP2 and WP3.