ULIP aims to support India’s logistics sector with data-driven visibility and transparency

The Unified Logistics Interface Platform (ULIP) was launched on September 17, 2022 by Honorable Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi as part of the “National Logistics Policy (NLP)”. ULIP has a dedicated portal that makes the process of requesting data easier, faster and more transparent, facilitating India’s logistics sector with data-driven visibility and transparency. The portal can be accessed via “https://www.goulip.in”. Since its successful launch, ULIP has received very positive feedback from industry players.

Within 6 months of its launch, it has received registrations from more than 400 companies. 68 companies have already signed non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) with ULIP to gain access to the data sets. More than 30 applications have been developed by industry players to provide better services to their end users by leveraging ULIP’s API integrations. More than 6.5 cr. API hits have already been processed in this short amount of time. The big companies, the main service providers in the industry and the new age startups are all equally interested in being associated with ULIP.

Ms. Sumita Dawra, Special Secretary, Logistics Division, DPIIT, CEO & MD, NICDC, and Chair, NLDSL said: “With ULIP we definitely envision transparency, efficiency and reduced overall logistics costs. ULIP will continue to contribute to the Indian logistics sector with a new and innovative approach that will ultimately help achieve PM GatiShakti’s vision through the National Logistics Policy (NLP). Meet data requirements for the logistics of specific sectors such as coal, cement, fertilizer, food grain, etc.

Major industry players such as Maruti Suzuki, DHL, Safexpress, Ultratech, TCIL, Jindal Stainless, Tata Steel, Yes Bank, BOSCH, Total Group, etc. have been included in ULIP to develop their use cases that benefit them and their stakeholders alike.

There is a solid acceptance of the technology for various operational activities and processes by the industry players. With ULIP’s data services, companies build innovative solutions/apps to optimize the use of technology. For example, Ultratech cement’s end-to-end supply chain requires tens of thousands of carrier vehicles across India delivered by third-party carriers every day. By integrating with ULIP, Ultratech can now instantly verify the compliance of all vehicles and drivers. Intugine, a logistics-related technology service provider, uses ULIP’s FASTag API as a tracking tool for road transport wherever a GPS device or permit is not available. It has also created a planning tool for the first mile/last mile movement of railbound cargo, using ULIP’s cargo tracking API.

Yes Bank, one of the leading banking companies, uses ULIP’s API services for backend risk management activities like IEC code validation, confirmation of actual cargo movement, etc. Lynkit, a start-up company, uses the data in an innovative way for automation of gates and yards of the producing units. TCIL verifies the customer’s official documents electronically via ULIP’s eKYC system, supported by the DigiLocker system, which saves the company time and costs by minimizing manual effort. Similar; Cargo Shakti – an insurance processing agency in the logistics sector uses ULIP’s data as digital evidence that helps them get rid of the lengthy documentation.

ULIP allows industry players secure access to the data related to logistics and resources available at different ministries. Currently, 33 systems from seven ministries are integrated via 106 APIs covering more than 1600 data fields for use by stakeholders. A dedicated support team works 24/7 to assist the industry players in registering on the portal. After registration, users must submit their use cases, which are then reviewed based on the proposed use of the requested data.

ULIP users with API-based integration can use the data for various activities and services such as multi-modal track & trace, person and vehicle authentication, document digitization, process automation at shipyards and gates, search services, etc., which is said to lead to a reduction in overall operational logistics costs and To save time.

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