Cloud-based ubiquitous object sharing platform for heterogeneous logistics system integration

Ming Li, Peng Lin, Gangyan Xu, George Q. Huang

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The intelligence of infrastructure gradually becomes the straw for logistics enterprises to make data-based or date-driven optimization. The integration of heterogeneous logistics systems with existing enterprise information systems is one of the most critical steps to achieve the intelligent infrastructure. Unfortunately, the integration is always a time-consuming process with heavy investment, which suppresses the longings of enterprises, especially for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Aiming at simplifying the system integration, this paper proposed a cloud-based ubiquitous object sharing platform (CUOSP) to share the integration across SMEs based on the concept of sharing economy. CUOSP acts as a middleware system to make heterogeneous logistics systems universal plug-and-play (UPnP) for enterprise information systems. A kernel-based agent (KBA) is designed as the sharing entity of physical systems. It maintains the features of physical systems and is scalable for different application scenarios. A series of cloud gateway services are emerged not only to provide the basic running and sharing environment, but also to remedy KBA's weaknesses in computing capacity. A prototype system is developed and implemented based on the framework of CUOSP and a laboratory case according to the consolidation scenario in E-commerce logistics is demonstrated. Comparison experiments are also conducted to explore the real-time and multitasking capacity of KBAs with different kernel characteristics and different computing resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-356
Number of pages14
JournalAdvanced Engineering Informatics
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Computing gateway
  • Heterogeneous system integration
  • Intelligent infrastructure
  • Kernel-based agent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence


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