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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: MG-2.2-2014 | Award Amount: 6.00M | Year: 2015

Smart-Rail has established the following objectives that are aligned with the requirements of the topic MG 2.2 and the various policy objectives: Introduce a wide set of innovative measures aiming to improve the freight rail services offered to the shippers, focusing on five key topics: reliability, lead time, costs, flexibility and visibility. Contribute to a mental-shift of the rail sector toward a client oriented and supply chain focus. Develop working business models for cooperation of different stakeholders. Develop a methodology and architecture for exchange of data/information required for the optimisation process, between stakeholders, making use of existing initiatives where available (for instance the European Corridor Management and national logistical information centres). Establish and maintain communication with the different levels of stakeholders Establish three Living Labs that each focus on different aspects and markets and implement the developed tools, methodologies and concepts. The purpose of the Living Labs is to test and improve the innovative measures in a real life situation. Specific and more dedicated business models, information systems and new rail services will be tested. The living labs to be implemented are: Living Lab 1: Dedicated services; Wagonload trains. Living Lab 2: Managing connectivity of rail with other modes; Control tower for long distance rail freight transport. Living Lab 3: Reliability of rail and (unexpected) obstructions on the track; Betuwe route (Rotterdam-Genua corridor). Broad and effective exploitation of the results of the project facilitated by a Smart Rail portal where all relevant information, data and tools can be exchanged and where stakeholders find each other and can share their experiences.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: SST.2013.3-2. | Award Amount: 2.19M | Year: 2013

Transport is a key enabler of economic activity and social connectedness. While providing essential services to society and economy, transport is also an important part of the economy and it is at the core of a number of major sustainability challenges, in particular climate change, air quality, safety, energy security and efficiency in the use of resources (EC 2011: Transport White Paper). The overall mission of this project is to support the uptake of innovative sustainable urban mobility solutions in Europe and other regions in the world, in particular in Asia, Latin America and the Mediterranean. The call text has identified several regions in the world, policy areas and previous and on-going projects relevant for addressing the topic: Implementing innovative and green urban transport solutions in Europe and beyond (SST.2013.3-2). SOLUTIONS will address all regions and policy areas, and will link into all projects mentioned in the call text. We believe that this approach generates the greatest synergies, which will be for the benefit of participating cities and the projects SOLUTIONS will link to and build upon. While SOLUTIONS will build strongly on previous and on-going projects and initiatives, as is the nature of a coordinating action, it also aims to provide added value that goes beyond summarising and facilitating knowledge sharing and research and technology transfer. SOLUTIONS aims to bridge the implementation gap between the potential of innovative sustainable mobility and transport solutions and packages of solutions and the actual level of up-take and quality of the deployment mechanisms.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: SEC-2011.2.4-1 | Award Amount: 14.99M | Year: 2012

SAFEPOST aims to raise the current level of postal security by integrating innovative screening solutions suitable for uninterrupted flow of the enormous volumes of parcels and letters with operational postal processes and the criminal and customs intelligence work in a European wide cooperative distributed model. Starting from the perspective of the partner postal operations, the project will first identify the main security threats and threat actors and the main security gaps in postal operations. Secondly, it will describe security measures and process improvements to maintain or augment the efficient and secure operation of postal services to address the identified threats. After making an inventory of security gaps these will be developed into generic postal security models which will be integrated into a Postal Security Target Operating Model, which will enable postal operators, customs and other relevant actors to understand how to securely exchange information related not only to security but also to the optimisation of postal flows. To support the Postal Security Target Operating Model, a Postal Security Platform will be developed that will help extending the current MEDICI effort, and will exploit developments made in FP7 projects on e-Freight and secure supply chains. SAFEPOST will extend the concept of its Postal Security Target Operating Model to propose a Common Postal Security Space with a view to create in the future a European/World Postal Security standard security information sharing system.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: GC.SST.2011.7-6. | Award Amount: 2.29M | Year: 2011

Collaboration Concepts for Co-modality, CO3 is a business strategy enabling companies throughout the supply chain to set up and maintain initiatives to manage and optimise their logistics and transport operations by increasing load factors, reducing empty movements and stimulate co-modality, through Horizontal Collaboration between industry partners, thereby reducing transport externalities such as greenhouse gas emissions and costs. The CO consortium, which is made up of logistics specialists, manufacturing industry and transport service providers, has been working on the topic of collaboration and co-modality for two years and already produced a first draft of a model framework with legal and operational guidelines for collaborative projects in the supply chain. The 18 partners of the consortium in seven EU countries will coordinate studies and expert group exchanges over a period of three years, and build on existing methodologies to develop European legal and operational frameworks for freight flow bundling, (WP2) -. We will come up with joint business models for inter- and intra-supply chain collaboration (WP3) to deliver more efficient transport processes, increase load factors and the use of co-modal transport. The results of the studies and expert group exchanges will be applied and validated in the market via case studies (WP4). The aim is to set up at least four different real-life applications of collaboration across the supply chain by using road transport, multimodal transport, regional retail distribution and collaboration for warehousing activities. We will also promote and facilitate matchmaking and knowledge-sharing through CO conferences and practical workshops to transfer knowledge and increase the market acceptance of the CO results. This will be done through discussions with a High Level Board of European Industry supply chain Leaders, (WP5).


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2007.1.4 | Award Amount: 3.46M | Year: 2008

It is a well-known fact that collaborative supply chain management and planning reduces overall costs. Nevertheless it is not being exploited due the fact that partners are reluctant to share the necessary, but sensitive data. This is due to inherent risks associated with exposing this private data. This project proposes to use secure computation to overcome this data sharing problem in supply chain management and enable the secure collaboration and interoperation of supply chain partners to gain the advantages of knowledge-based collaborative supply chain planning, forecasting, benchmarking and management. We are extending existing techniques to more elaborate theoretical settings: first for the use case of an airplane manufacturing organization where several mutually distrustful SMEs need to collaborate in a partially integrated supply chain and second inter-enterprise where all companies in the supply chain are interoperating. We start by defining the requirements and necessary computations for each of the two use cases. We then extend the theoretical results to cover the cases of these computations if they do not exist already. Such a result is a protocol enabling this computation as part of a tool for generating the new knowledge of the computation result and managing the existing knowledge of the collaborating partners, such that it remains private. Based on the theoretical foundation we want to develop prototypes to evaluate the practical performance of the protocols. In parallel to the technical implementation track, the business track needs to identify the obstacles for the technology to be exploited. We need to identify the criteria for user acceptance of the technology and a benefit distribution model needs to be developed, such that all partners in the supply chain share the profit in a fair manner. The results of the business and technical track are combined when it comes to building the demonstration of the results.

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