Creating the digital infrastructure
for freight transport and logistics operations

About Transport & Logistics (T&L)

Congestion, especially on the road, is one of the biggest transport challenge. It costs Europe about 1% of its GDP every year and is the cause of considerable carbon emissions. To reduce emissions, logistics actors are implementing environmentally concerned collaborative strategies addressing supply chain integration, multimodal transport, consolidation of deliveries and reverse logistics.

Another challenge for Transport & Logistics is the digitalisation process of transport networks and infrastructure. If fully implemented, this process could better integrate road, rail, air and waterborne travel into a seamless logistics supply chain across Europe. Many solutions for logistics were developed by individual companies based on their Legacy Information Systems. The many different digital platforms, applications and products, that currently exist, cause a high degree of fragmentation. This is due to differences in user requirements, data models, standards, system specification and business models. To overcome this fragmentation and lack of connectivity of systems for logistics decision making, ERTICO is developing solutions for connecting logistics information systems that bear different characteristics, are intra- and cross company, and are based on real-time exchange of information.

Freight and Logistics benefits from an interconnected world and can draw from innovations from other transport areas. ERTICO is creating synergies between technological trends (i.e. Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Internet of Things, Automation) and smart solutions for Transport & Logistics. Given our expertise, we are providing input to the European Technology Platform ALICE, more specifically in the working group on Information Systems in Logistics.


Our Transport & Logistics roadmap for 2030

ERTICO’s aim in Transport & Logistics is to increase interoperability, connectivity in the optimisation of cargo flows, and to facilitate supply chain management, whilst making better use of existing resources. By 2030, ERTICO’s goal is to achieve seamless logistics and freight transport and nearer to 2025, achieve full digitalisation and automation of freight and logistics operations.

Current objectives in the area of Transport & Logistics

Research and deploy smart solutions for freight and logistics
The sustainability of urban logistics is an important issue for rapidly growing cities. Many cities have developed strategies to move people more efficiently and safely, but much less attention has been paid to goods transport. The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI), 5G, Internet of Things technology, blockchain and many more, promises to create a high-volume and high-velocity data environment. This is expected to create opportunities making supply chains more autonomous, secure and synchro modal. ERTICO is working on integrating these aspects in its research and deployment projects. ERTICO recognises the role C-ITS (cooperative ITS solutions) can play to improve logistics operations by generating real-time traffic information, allowing better tracking and tracing of goods across transport networks. The work done in ERTICO’s TM 2.0 Innovation Platform can enhance logistical efficiencies by providing a better insight into highly congested hub areas (Ports, Airports and Railways). ERTICO is a great proponent of collaboration and international cooperation so we are gathering ports and industry around the world to discuss innovative trends in Transport & Logistics.

Develop necessary interfaces for an integrated freight transport system
ERTICO is developing the European Digital Innovation Hub for supply chain and logistics. The Hub is overcoming fragmentation of data exchange in the supply chain and is ensuring scalability, interoperability and visibility across the supply chain. The biggest benefits of the Hub is the support to the workflow across companies/authorities; automation of data flow and flexible relationship management of logistics actors.

Develop harmonised methodologies for carbon footprint calculation of the transport supply chain
By 2030 logistics stakeholders will need to track, document and disclose their CO2 emissions as customers are increasingly taking an interest in the supply chain of the products they buy, requiring companies to disclose information on the ethical provenance of goods and on the amount of CO2 emitted in production and distribution. ERTICO is supporting the work of the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) to define a common measurement for carbon footprint along the transport supply chain.

ERTICO’s Innovation Platforms working on Transport & Logistics:

Transport & Logistics Projects that ERTICO is working on:

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