BMBF project within the framework of "Research for Civil Security

SiLuFra - Safe air freight

In the joint project "SiLuFra" (Safe Air Freight), in which the Logistics Initiative Hamburg, among others, was involved, concepts, strategies and technologies for a safe and efficient air freight transport chain were developed. SiLuFra was coordinated by the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH).

The project has been completed.

Project period: July 2013 - June 2016
Funding programme: The project was co-financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the programme "Research for Civil Security" in the field of "Security in Air Traffic
Project budget: Total € 4.97 million, BMBF funding rate: 69


  •     TUHH Institute for Aircraft Cabin Systems (Coordinator)
  •     TUHH Institute of Logistics and Corporate Management (Deputy Coordinator)
  •     TUHH Institute for Air Transport Systems
  •     Lufthansa Cargo AG
  •     LHU Luft-Hafen-Umschlag GmbH & Co. KG
  •     HLI Hamburg Logistics Institute GmbH
  •     Accenture Ltd.
  •     DFNCERT Services GmbH
  •     Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing
  •     Smiths Heimann GmbH
  •     Federal Police Department 24 for aviation security
  •     clusterTec GmbH
  •     Hamburg Aviation
  •     Logistics Initiative Hamburg

In addition, nine stakeholders - such as the IATA (International Air Transport Association, the umbrella organisation of the airlines) or the Federal Office of Civil Aviation - accompanied the project as members of the Advisory Board.


The official kick-off meeting for the research project took place in August 2013. At TUHH alone, three institutes were involved in the project: The Institute of Logistics and Corporate Management, the Institute of Aircraft Cabin Systems and the Institute of Air Transport Systems. A further eleven partners from science, industry and federal institutes supported the development of new concepts, strategies and technologies for safe and efficient air freight transport chains.

The aim of SiLuFra was to develop processes for the effective and efficient control of air freight and to derive concrete recommendations for action from these. To this end, existing regulations, monitoring methods and technologies as well as potential threat scenarios were analysed. Based on the results, a process model was developed, on the basis of which modified sub-processes and new technologies can be implemented more easily. In addition to the research partners, air freight service providers, logistics and security experts, among others, worked on this challenging task.

With the help of SiLuFra, the entire freight logistics in air traffic in Germany was systematically analysed. On the basis of the analyses, improvement approaches for the safe handling of air freight were then developed so that potential weak points in the transport chain could be identified and sustainable protection against manipulation and attacks could be achieved. The results contribute to ensuring the security of the air freight transport chain in the future.

In this context, the Logistics Initiative Hamburg was responsible for the procurement and verification of information as well as for the transfer of results into the member network.

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