Providing standards, tools and services
for the automotive supply chain


Bridging the digital gap


Modern automotive production requires a close integration between the different partners involved in both stock-based and just-in-time supply chain processes. Although EDI messaging (whether UN/EDIFACT or XML) still forms the backbone of automotive supply chain digital communications, it cannot always satisfy the demands for increased transparency and flexibility.

REpresentational State Transfer (REST) Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) provide the perfect opportunity to fill the gaps and enhance currently available messaging systems in a lightweight and flexible way. However, if these enhancements are defined and designed by the supply chain partners individually, the potential benefits will be completely outweighed by the increased complexity of IT systems.

In line with the Odette mantra of “no effective digitalisation without standardisation”, we are working with our industry members, national associations, and API technology providers to lay out the rules for a standardised and harmonised approach so that implementation of REST APIs is simple and scalable, and benefits are maximised.

Beside the definition of rules, a first project has developed a technical specification for API in transport track and trace processes. Based on UN/CEFACT Core Component Library artefacts, an openAPI3 format provides JSON data structures and API functions that can be easily implemented by all involved stakeholders.

The demand for the further digitalisation of automotive supply chain processes with APIs continues to grow. An Odette API Experts Group is set up to monitor existing implementations and to evaluate new standardisation requirements and fields of application for the technology.

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    Odette publishes Security Features to consider when using REST APIs (OA3)

    07 Dec 2023

    APIs, especially REST APIs, are being increasingly used to provide and access information in automotive supply and distribution processes. They are comparatively easy to install and deploy, allow an agile process management, and can be used with many different devices from mobile phones up to server systems.

    However, APIs also bring new threats to system integrity and data security and may cause serious disruptions to supply chain processes if developed and deployed without the appropriate security features.

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    Transparency in Transport with API: Using mobile technology to bridge the visibility gap

    12 Jun 2023

    The transportation of production parts may be compromised for many reasons, especially in long distance supply chains. The customer needs to know as quickly as possible what impact a delay in the transport chain could have on the current production plan but often the link between the contents of a shipment and the means of transport carrying that shipment is missing, especially in a 4 corner model where actors are not in an established relationship or use web portals to carry out activities such as, ad-hoc ordering and confirmation of transport capacity.

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    Webcast: Using APIs to achieve real ‘real time visibility' in the Automotive Supply Chain

    25 Jan 2023

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    24 January 2023

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Odette Technology Group (TG)

The TG brings together representatives from OEMs, Suppliers and Technology Providers to identify processes for digitalisation and focus on the selection and development of the appropriate technologies to support Odette Standards.

API Experts Group

Odette bring together API experts from OEMs, suppliers and technology providers with the aim of facilitating the deployment of current API standards and identifying new applications for standard APIs throughout the automotive supply chain.

API Security Group

Experts from user companies and technology providers analyse aspects of security, identity and access management in an API based infrastructure.


Security Features to consider when developing APIs

Provides guidelines on how to address security features when developing and implementing APIs. It is not intended as a complete and detailed catalogue of measures but should give interested par􀆟es hints and best prac􀆟ce recommenda􀆟ons on this topic.

Reference OA03

Version 1.0

Published Dec 2023

Automotive Supply Chain API for Transport Track & Trace

Describes how to define and implement standardised REST-API interfaces for the collection and provision of discrete pieces of information supporting logistics activities in the automotive supply chain.

It includes a data model and functionality for the use of REST-API in transport processes as an extension to established EDI data exchange processes.

Reference OA02

Version 1.0

Published Sept 2021

Technical Rules for the Use of API in Automotive Supply Processes

Describes how to define and implement standardised REST-API interfaces for collaboration within the automotive industry and between the automotive industry and their partners and focuses on technical rules that are common to all supply processes for the development of all supply chain REST-APIs.

Reference OA01

Version 1.0

Published Sept 2021

Managing Inbound Transport with Mobile Apps

The recommendation describes a standard model for the exchange of data between the yard management systems of the plants and the transport management system of the transport service providers. Based on this recommendation, application developers will be able to develop and programme the various IT systems in such a way that the requirements for the operational control of transport in the arrival area are supported uniformly across all apps.

Reference OT10

Version 1.0

Published Sept 2020