Silicon Economy Logistics Ecosystem


The potential for optimizing processes with a view to increasing efficiency or for digital services and new business areas is virtually inexhaustible. However, logistics in Germany will only be able to defend or expand its global market leadership if the potential is tapped. Digital platforms and their artificial intelligence (AI) are crucial to this. The logistics market leadership of B2B (business-to-business B2B) platforms is being decided today.



The challenge 

No German company alone has enough motivation, market power or resources to prevail in the logistics of a silicone economy on its own. Open, federal and implementation-strong consortia from industry and science, in which technologies, de facto standards and new business models are quickly brought together and developed, would be able to create the basis for the economic use of AI solutions with new services, technologies and applications in logistics and supply chain management and to enable the decisive participation of German SMEs. The aim is to create open and federal platforms that benefit everyone.


Our contribution

The Fraunhofer ISST represents the International Data Spaces (IDS) in the project "Silicon Economy Logistics Ecosystem". There, the Fraunhofer ISST is responsible for developments concerning IDS in all use cases. The IDS serves as the communication network of the Silicon Economy, which brings together the different and versatile components of the ecosystem.



The aim of the project "Silicon Economy Logistics Ecosystem (SELE)" is to create a federal and decentralized (platform) ecosystem - the Silicon Economy - as an alternative to monopolistic platforms for logistics. Such a platform ecosystem is the economic concept of the future: it is the only way to control the increasingly complex supply chains. All results of the project will be made available to the general public for free use as open source software via a development and operating platform.





  • Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML
  • Technical University Dortmund (TU Dortmund University) with the chairs   
    • Chair of Corporate Logistics (LFO)
    • Chair of Materials Handling and Warehousing (FLW)
    • Chair of Industrial Information Management (IIM)


  • Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure