Improving efficiency of freight and logistics through C-ITS

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A session regarding the services deployed by the CO-GISTICS project took place during the last day of the ITS European Congress in Strasbourg. During this session, several experts in optimisation of goods movement in urban and suburban areas reported the results in logistics operations’ increasing efficiency thanks to the CO-GISTICS services, implemented in 7 logistics hubs, some of them also part of the COMPASS4D project network, which has tested similar services for passengers.

The session was opened by Giacomo Somma (ERTICO – ITS Europe), who made reference to several needs for the full deployment of CO-GISTICS project, such as data harmonisation needs and the suggestion of making a learning-by-doing approach in order to lead a clear and coherent reference architecture.  Regarding finance and users’ needs, innovation procurements should meet demand and offer shaping new business models taking into account the whole value chain, making reference to the C-Mobile Innovation Action, whose main aim is the establishment of a truly functioning public-private partnership

Stephen George, representing the City of Birmingham, made an exposition of the conducted trials there, throughout GLOSA and GREENWAVE projects, carried out by the UK Department for Transport and funded by Innovate UK, respectively. While both projects are freight-based and related to other C-ITS projects in UK, the first one aims at its implementation using enhancement of the existing systems, whereas GREENWAVE is more focused in commercial benefits, addressing drivers’ needs.

Josep Maria Salanova Grau (CERTH-HIT) gave a vision on how the impact of the project should be assessed, as they appear external variables and 5 services and 7 pilot sites whose data need to be harmonised have to be taken into account. The CO-GISTICS impact assessment methodology goes through the databases of the services and the quality of these data, coming to the realisation that human factor is not contemplated in data sets, which needs also to be considered for an appropriate results assessment.

André Perpey, from Geoloc Systems (developer of the CO-GISTICS services in the Bordeaux Pilot Site) gave the perspective for achieving a real integration of C-ITS and logistics services. For the Cargo Transport Optimisation, for example, Noscifel service provided the appointment for pick-up and delivery of goods through giving concrete information to drivers, optimising their work along the day. André suggested as well new C-ITS use cases to be deployed in projects like InterCor, AEOLIX and C-Mobile, such as ETA (with real time updates for road works as well) or the interoperability of data and services through a pan-European platform (like AEOLIX), to achieve a full integration of logistic services.

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