Transport is, to a large extent, operated within a network of many different operators that are impossible to hierarchically govern / steer. Nevertheless, coordination and synchronisation are required between the actors and the different modes of transport in order to be efficient and sustainable. Not to do so, incurs delays, the inefficient and wasteful use of resources, adverse impact on the environment and poor customer satisfaction. Historically, achieving the desired coordination and synchronisation has been challenging due to each involved actor having limited knowledge on the upstream progress and disruptions of others in the transportation chain.Transport is, to a large extent, operated within a network of many different operators that are impossible to hierarchically govern / steer. Nevertheless, coordination and synchronisation are required between the actors and the different modes of transport in order to be efficient and sustainable. Not to do so, incurs delays, the inefficient and wasteful use of resources, adverse impact on the environment and poor customer satisfaction. Historically, achieving the desired coordination and synchronisation has been challenging due to each involved actor having limited knowledge on the upstream progress and disruptions of others in the transportation chain.

FEDeRATED, the EU project for digital co-operation and based on the building blocks for platform inter-operability and digital data sharing as conceived by the Digital Transport Logistic Forum (DTLF),  is seen as the way forward.

Carriers are already moving to green electricity or other fossil-free energy. The use of green energy sources brings with it the need to provide appropriate fuelling stations for carriers. Initiatives are underway to establish such capabilities at transport nodes by making them “pit stops” for refuelling carriers . This requires that information on the supply and demand requirements for the energy is shared to support smart grids and load balancing. Digital data sharing and digital collaboration are the essential enablers for this.

Carriers transporting part loads leads to the need for more carrying platforms - which generates an increased carbon footprint, both in terms of the fuel used and the resources needed to build and operate a larger pool of trucks, ships or rail wagons. The recycling and re-use of obsolete vehicles and their materials when building new ones is possible as part of the so-called circular economy if higher levels of digital data sharing exist.  More efficient loading and scheduling of the existing carrier platforms and improved synchronisation can also be achieved by establishing a common and shared situational awareness that enables sequential decision-making  and the efficient matching of available transport capacity with needs. Under a comprehensive digital data sharing environment, it would be possible for “just-in-time” approaches to chains of transport nodes.

Green transport involves the many actors that co-produce value throughout the transport chain. They jointly need to take responsibility for the common good achievement - which is the sustainability of our planet. While capital productivity is a concern of the single actor, overall energy efficiency and sustainability in the multi-modal chain is an increasing community concern that will only be addressed by collective and collaborative responsibility. The collaborative, data sharing, coordinated approach set out under the FEDeRATED principles provides a win-win for both concerns.

This summary article is based on a longer article to be found at   Digital data sharing for greener transport in sustainable supply chains- the benefits of establishing a Federated network of platforms

Illustration Sandra Haraldson: A layered approach for greening the multimodal transport ecosystem; connecting the physical world with green services through federated agreements on data sharing. 

Greening services

 

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Workshop Living Labs on Semantics and Architecture 23022021

On 23 February 2021, FEDeRATED organisaed a 2 hour workshop containing 3 presentations regarding:

  1. What is federated?    Availablerecorded version : https://youtu.be/bpirebWs7ZI. (Henk Mulder)
  2. How to do semantics? Available recorded version :https://youtu.be/KjK47C1vwuY (Henk Mulder)
  3. Explaining some elements of building. Available recorded version :https://youtu.be/gsdkm4XfZ74 (Mitchell Out)

Major features:

  • Be ready to adapt data structures and make them available to others.
  • To find a way to interconnect faster - speed up the process.

 The  21 FEDeRATED LIvingLabs/Pilots are available through this link. A report that further elaborates on specific features is  available here 

FEDeRATED Milestone 4 cover picture

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"End-to-end supply chains typically involve several modes of transport and a wide range of stakeholders. Cooperation and adoption of international standards are the building blocks that will facilitate data visibility for intermodal transportation communications and interoperability between the stakeholder platforms." Discover how this will help facilitate and enhance future international trade. Read more here: https://lnkd.in/eR2ybh

Authors:  Hanane Becha, Todd Frazier, Rudy Hemeleers, Steen Erik Larsen, Bertrand MINARY, Henk Mulder, Andre Simha, and Jaco Voorspuij.

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FEDeRATED delivered its Interim Masterplan containing the various steps towards developing a federated network of platforms. The document is available here.  The Interim Masterplan constitutes the basis for future work, i.e. living labs and additional actions. The Interim Masterplan includes:

  • current business processes;
  • a reference model;
  • 37 leading principles;
  • a semantic model;
  • IT architecture features.

The Interim Masterplan assists the EC in its endeavours towards an EU Digital Single Market and is based on the principles of the EU DTLF subgroup 2 recommendations om data sharing in freight transport logistics.

schema Activity 2

 

 

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FEDeRATED Vision report ready

On 17 December 2019, the FEDeRATED project issued its first official Milestone report: The Vision. It

  • defines the need for developing an innovative information infrastructure provision for allowing connectivity for all operators and public authorities in the supply chain;
  • identifies the key elements for digitalisation in the context of FEDeRATED: interconnectivity, the need for an open structure, technological solutions, possible bottlenecks, lessons learnt, the business process, semantics and the design, organisational and legal issues.

Overall, the FEDeRATED vision can be summarized as: 

To provide for an infrastructure provision containing a set of agreements and technical applications to enable data in existing IT systems (platforms) of companies and public administrations to become available to authorized users through a publish and subscribe approach.

The Vision summarized into one picture:

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This project is co-funded by the European Commission Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)