Milki-Way

A GIS enabled web-interface for Supply chain management used in Commodity Distribution

By
Ashok Philip Verghese, Deepu R S , Shabeerali and Thomas Emmanual Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management Kerala (IIITMK), Park Center, Technopark, Kariavottam P.O. Trivandrum, Kerala - 695581 INDIA. Tel: +91-471-2700777, Fax: +91-471-2527568.

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CONTENTS

1. Executive Summary........................................... 3
1.1 Title of the project............................................ 3 1.2 Project Objectives............................................ 3 1.3 Project execution agency and address............. 1.4 Implementors and contact information........... 1.5 Project BLOG.................................................

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2. Introduction and Roadmap................................ 4 3. The Problem...................................................... 4 4. High level description of technology used........ 5 5. Our approach to solving the problem................ 5 6. Deliverables....................................................... 7 7. Project Estimation.............................................. 7 References.............................................................. 8 List of Figures
1. Geneal outline of problem solution....................

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List of Tables
1. Activity time....................................................... 8

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1. Executive Summary: 1.1 Title of the project Milki-Way- A GIS enabled web-interface management used in Commodity Distribution 1.2 Project Objectives
To develop a web-based system with the help of GIS and database that helps commodity manufactures and distributors retrieve information for decision making and deliver products efficiently and cost-effectively.

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Supply

chain

1.3 Project execution agency and address
Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management Kerala (IIITMK), Park Center, Technopark, Kariavottam P.O. Trivandrum, Kerala - 695581 INDIA. Tel: +91-471-2700777, Fax: +91-471-2527568.

1.4 Implementors and contact information
This project is being proposed as part of Web Technology Course ITM 112-05 Project Members 1. Ashok Philip Verghese ashok-pg5@iiitmk.ac.in

2. Deepu R S deepu-pg5@iiitmk.ac.in 3. Shabeerali shab-pg5@iiitmk.ac.in 4. Thomas Emmanual thomas-pg5@iiitmk.ac.in Project Guide Mr. T Radhakrishnan Chief Technology Officer, IIITM-K

1.5 Project BLOG http://www.milki-way.blogspot.com/

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2. Introduction and Roadmap
Geographical Information System embeded with World Wide Web technologies can provide solutions to numerous verticals, viz. Consumer Services, Transportation,Logistics,Utilities,Tel-communication,etc. Such solutions specific to supply chain management for commodity distribution will give highly effective information retrieval for decision making for manufactures and central suppliers of various products. As a starting to implement such web-based system this document gives the project proposal, with clear problem specification, deliverables, our approach to the solution making, schedule estimation etc. We hope that our initial we-based solutions will give powerful support for decision making, analyzing and visualize information regarding product requirements of geographical dispersed retailers in a district. Road map: This section gives the road map to the rest of this document. The Section 3, says about the problem to this project. Section 4 gives high level description about the technology, development tools needed. Section 5 says brief idea to our approach to problem solving. Section 6 gives the deliverables of project. Section 7 shows the project estimation.

3. The Problem
Supply chain logistics is concerned with the relationships between suppliers and customers and sales and production. Market demand uncertainty affects the performance and behaviour of the planning processes used by production to satisfy sales. This uncertainty and the resulting instability in the production schedules affect the relationships with the suppliers and manufacturers. In addition items have to be transported to the company and distributed to its customers. Improving the management and operations of the relationships between a company and its suppliers, between the buying, production and sales functions within the company and relationships between production, distribution and customers are all areas of great concern. Companies are concerned not only with their immediate first tier suppliers but also their second and third tier suppliers, all of whom form a supply network.

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4. High level description of technology used
a) Open Source Map Server There are several open source map servers with broad deployment and advanced functionality, for example, Minnesota Mapserver, GeoServer and Deegree. All of them have strong momentum and are able to be viable alternatives to proprietary map servers.The Mapserver is not a full-featured GIS system, but provides enough core functionalityto support a wide variety of web applications. It is primarily written in C/C++, but it supports as well the scripting access to the Mapserver C API via popular script languages such as PHP, Perl, Python Java etc. This cross-platform development environment eases developing spatially enabled Internet applications b) PostgreSQL:PostgreSQL is a free object-relational database server (database management system), released under the flexible BSD-style license. It offers an alternative to other open-source database systems (such as MySQL and Firebird), as well as to proprietary systems such as Oracle, Sybase, IBM's DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server. c) PostGIS:PostGIS is a geographic information system software program that adds support for geographic objects to the PostgreSQL object-relational database. d) Tomcat-5.5:Apache Tomcat is the servlet container that is used in the official Reference Implementation for the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages technologies e) JSP/Servlet, Javascript, HTML etc.

5. Our approach to solving the problem
A Web enabled GIS can play a major role in real time monitoring and decision support for effectively tackling the problems associated with supply chain logistics su ch as production scheduling , cost effective transportation.This system can be implemented by using a centralized database which stores upto date information on all retailers from various geographical locations.Using a Web enabled GIS we could calculate the optimum path for transportation at the lowest cost in the given time. The communities who use this system are classified into two : 1) Central Suppliers 2) Retailers. Central suppliers are the major users of all the functionalities .They can view all the orders for various commodities from various retails spread across different locations.A centralised data base system is used to store all 5

information regarding all the retailers.The interface for the central suppliers will provide a powerful map with layered information of retailers.They can also generate reports based on different criteria. Retailers can order different commodities through this web interface.They can also acknowledge the delivery thruogh this interface. We maintain a centralised database for keeping all information related to these communities. Retailer 1 Web interface for retailers

Database

Webserver + Mapserver

Retailer n

Information regarding various retailers from different locations

GIS enabled interface

Central Supplier

Web interface for central suppliers

Figure 1 Geneal outline of problem solution

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6. Deliverables
(1) A web based interface for Retailers: A system for the retailer to order various commodities , view the status order ,acknowledge the product delivery and to generate reports on daily basis. (2) A web based interface for Central suppliers: A system for the Central suppliers for procuring orders from various retailers spread across a given location ,along with the facility to decide highly optimised transportation route for further cost effectiveness .The system also generates daily summary on all the orders ,also with the facility to add or remove retailers. (3) Project Documentation: The project report, which gives details on the project from inception to implementation (4) User Manual: Online guidelines for using the web based interface

7. Project Estimation
Work Estimate Individual members will devote three hours daily in weekdays and three hours in weekends. Weekdays: Time devoted = 4(members) * 3 Hrs = 12 Hrs Weekends: Time devoted = 4(members) * 3 Hrs = 12 Hrs 12*3(days in weekdays) *8 (weeks in two months) + 12*3(days in weekend) *8 (weeks in two months) = 576 Hrs Total days per person for the Project = 576 hours=24 days 7

Activities Time (in days per person) Activity Requirement Analysis Research System design Implementation Testing Documentation Deployment Total Table 1 Days 4 3 4 7 2 2 2 24

References
[1] http://www.nucleusgis.com/engindex.asp [2] http://en.wikipedia.org/ [3]http://www.supplychainsites.com/ [4]http://www.geospatial-solutions.com/geospatialsolutions/ [5]http://www.geospatialtoday.com/

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