Decision Support Systems
Analyse massive amounts of data and compile comprehensive information reports to solve problems and inform decision making.
What is a DSS?
A decision support system, or DSS, is an application designed to support judgments and outline courses of action in an organisation or business. It does this by sifting through large amounts of data and compiling comprehensive reports that can be used to solve specific problems and inform decision making. What differentiates a DSS from other applications is that it goes beyond simply collecting data and is tailored to synthesize gathered data into reports that inform decision-making, and improve efficiency in dealing with operational issues.
Benefits of using a DSS
One of the major benefits of using a decision support system is that it can be tailored to almost any industry, profession, or domain. When properly designed and set up, using a DSS can improve efficiency and speed of decision-making activities. It also reveals new approaches and sets up new evidence through the generation of reports.
As part of GLOPACK Project, we have developed a Decision Support System on the Expert Models platform. The main objectives of the GLOPACK project are to increase the technology readiness levels of packaging solutions in advanced stages of research. Packaging solutions will be presented in a DSS designed to help food producers choose food packaging solutions according to their specific criteria. By involving all food chain stakeholders, from the researcher up to the consumer, GLOPACK project will develop a strategy enabling the reduction of food environmental footprint and acceleration of the transition to a circular economy. The project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research programme.
The GLOPACK DSS is designed to allow a food manufacturer/packaging producer to understand the packaging materials available for their specific use case and to help them to select one which best matches their requirements. The tool will therefore encompass a comprehensive database of packaging materials and their key parameters along with additional qualitative data such as consumer surveys to allow for the ranking of packaging materials based on those most likely to be accepted by an average consumer.