Work Packages

The planning of a project is divided into work packages (WPs). iBUS project is split up in 10. In the following table you will find a short explanation of each one:

WP Number

WP Title Lead beneficiary
WP1 Management
This WP aims to bring about the successful completion of the iBUS project in time and form. It will cover all the activities related with the co-ordination, planning, organising and management of available resources. This is led by the coordinators, who will be in contact with the European Commission (EC) and will mediate between the EC and the partners. The Project Management Board will support the coordinator in this task.
WP2 Integrated Business Model – Design and Definition
iBUS internet based business model aims the sustainable supply of demand driven traditional toys, locally and sustainable manufactured, which meet all product safety guidelines within EU (one of the most restrictive worldwide). Accordingly, the business model and concepts sustaining the iBUS Business model must be previously determined in such a way that capture, create and deliver equitable value for all stakeholders – consumers, suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers, enhancing collaboration and trust within the demand and supply networks. This is the goal of this WP.
WP3 Customised Product Design Virtual Environment
iBUS project aims to create a platform for the design of customised products made by consumers and home-based users. The software will be simple, accessible and intuitive. Thus, the aim of this WP is to develop a Customised Product Design Virtual Environment to support the customer design experience.
iBUS project requires to transform the design information coming from the customer into a customised product in a one step manufacturing process. This WP will, therefore, enable the iBUS platform to efficiently and effectively utilise its portfolio of manufacturing suppliers. As a result, manufacturers integrated within the iBUS supply chain will be able to deploy a new parallel business for customised products with minimal administration burden.
WP5 iBUS Demand Network
The goal of this work package is to support the engagement of new customers to the iBUS platform through a Market Demand Module that will allow the customer to design, negotiate and track their purchase, to serve as a “shop front”, to reward them for bringing new customers and to deliver to them sales offers.
On the other side, this module will allow them to match the demand for and the supply of products, materials and resources, to predict the market demand of both existing and potential new customised products and to engage new iBUS members to the network.
WP6 iBUS Supply Network
This aims the efficiency and effectiveness of the supply of sales orders for customised product generated by the demand network via distributed manufacturing.
Therefore, the integrated Supply Network will allow the distribution of the manufacturing among the suppliers’ portfolio considering the optimum allocation of resources and materials, the rapidness and the efficiency in completion. It will also set a secure payment system, a safety evaluation and a logistic system.
WP7 Integrated Business Model Demonstration
This WP aims to integrate all the results of the prior WP into the iBUS integrated business model, allowing the supply of customised products while looking for equitable value sharing for all the iBUS network.
WP8 Dissemination
The aim of the dissemination is to create awareness among the maximum number of public, especially in regard to the iBUS target, in order to support further exploitation actions. As a result, it is expected to involve a new supply network that involves as much organisations as possible.
WP9 Business Planning and Exploitation
This WP will develop the Business Plan and its execution, according to the results obtained in previous WPs.
WP10 Ethics
This WP will ensure that any research directly related to iBUS that would require ethical approval and/or data collecting will go through an ethical process that involves the iBUS Project Management Board, relevant local/national Ethics committees and the EC.