Protection of an open system

Germany is one of the strongest and most productive economies in the world. Modern mobility infrastructure and an efficient logistics system are two basic requirements for our prosperity.

Dorothee Bär, MP
Parliamentary State Secretary
Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure



Like hardly any other country in the world, Germany is dependent on secure and smoothly operating supply chains, due to its high degree of industrialisation, its global integration and its central location in the heart of Europe. In view of the globally changing threat potential, ensuring that this requirement is met is extremely challenging. In addition to the maintenance and targeted new construction and upgrading of transport infrastructure as well as the promotion of innovative technologies, secure logistics are an essential element for safeguarding our mobile society. Both the freight transport industry and the Federal Government are aware of the great importance of this subject. Enhancing security is an important measure in the joint “Freight Transport and Logistics Action Plan” for making Germany even more attractive as a centre for logistics.
Our task is to ensure the safe and secure movement of persons and goods. The aim is to organize the general conditions in such a way that attacks from outside are prevented as far as possible or at least made significantly more difficult. Unfortunately, we will not be able to make them impossible, i.e. to guarantee 100 per cent security, even if we tried our utmost. How can we protect an open system without cordoning it off by increasing security requirements, making it unreasonably expensive or disproportionately limiting personal and entrepreneurial freedoms? For the future, I see four requirements:
1. We want to make full use of the existing regulatory framework. In this respect, we are already in a good position. We should always carry out a clear risk assessment before introducing new regulations. This way, resources can be used efficiently and personal freedoms can be preserved.
2. We need to think in a more interconnected way. Today’s security architecture in the field of freight transport is extremely segmented and based on an entire bundle of individual measures. Usually, they are separately created within different legal systems. This can lead to inefficiency.
3. We must do more to find smart and innovative solutions. This is particularly true because of: IT-based logistics, Industry 4.0, Smart Factory or Big Data. Suitable strategies should not only enhance security, but also help save costs and time.
4. We want to continue cooperating closely and in a spirit of trust with our international partners. Threats do not stop at national borders. This is why transport security requires joint coordinated action by the international community.
I am convinced that this way we will be able to improve the security situation in the transport sector despite the growing risks.

Dr. Uwe H. Wehrstedt
Sunday March 26th, 2017

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