State of art

On technical level MODULUSHCA aims to advance beyond the state of the art in key Innovative aspects:

  1. Modular logistics units.
  2. Resource efficient logistics using isomodular logistics units.
  3. Information framework for interconnected logistics exploiting the containers/unit identification and routing solutions.
  4. Results and findings from which will be considered in the project.

1. Modular logistics containers. State of art:

  • The EC X-MODALL Validation Study 1996-2000 (X-Mod/1) introduced a top-down framework for open and neutral transport networking, fully outlining the components of a future transport system including among others, operational methodologies, a layout for intermodal network structures, modules for a common information systems, and a full set of standardized, modular and intermodal freight loading units. A general conclusion of the study was that up to 20% of the transport costs could be saved by introducing these systems.
  • TELLIBOX developed an all-purpose loading unit - MegaSwapBox - which is applicable for intermodal transport on road, rail, inland waterways and short sea shipping. TELLIBOX provides a flexible and efficient solution for load space optimization in co-modal supply chains.
  • Simulation of the Physical Internet for FMCG in France funded by Ministre du Developement Durable, du Transport et du Logement in Predit research program aiming on designing network structures and routing algorithm to simulate a Physical Internet and assess KPI (2011 to 2012).
  • OTC KayPal®MR aiming to deploy and operate an open tracing container in a semi open loop (2011 to 2014), funded by OSEO.
  • Joint Modular Intermodal Container, JMIC, as an initiative of the US Department of Defense.

2. Resource efficient logistics. State of art:

  • SUPERGREEN is to promote the development of European freight logistics in an environmentally friendly manner by supporting the development of sustainable transport networks..
  • ICargo develops solutions for an open freight management ecosystem based on the concept of resource and information sharing leading to a decarbonisation for supply chains.
  • CEN/DIN EN 16258 standard aims to provide a common approach and frameworks for the calculation and declaration of energy consumption and emissions for transport services, to ensure declarations have greater consistency and transparency, and fully to allocate energy and emissions to a vehicle's payload.

3. Information framework for interconnected logistics. State of art:

  • TSD-format developed by e-Freight to create a common interface for all stakeholders to be included extending the format towards a common "logistics information description".
  • Smart CM and INTEGRITY, targeted the topic of enabling supply chain visibility for the benefit of both industry and authorities. MODULUSHCA will make use, in particular of the standardisation work done in SMART CM on the information and message flow in intercontinental transport.
  • GS1 new standard EPC and the EPCIS and discovery services technologies: The EPCIS standard is a set of interfaces that support sharing of visibility data. This is similar to email protocols supporting the distribution of Internet mail. EPCIS defines a capture interface and a query interface to obtain and share business event information. The standard may be implemented by applications, but the applications themselves are developed by end users and solution providers' not EPCglobal. Those applications are expected to be quite diverse in their actual implementation. MODULUSHCA Project will take advantage of this technology to reduce interfaces costs and information integration to legacy systems.

4. In addition the results and findings from the following projects will be considered in the project:

  • CO3 project: Business model for horizontal collaboration.
  • iCargo project: IT models and infrastructure for cargo units, addresses issues on information, optimization and visualization of (autonomous) cargo units within open data and communication networks.
  • eFreight: Common framework for paperless documentation, and FREIGHTWISE introduced a common framework for communication and messaging towards a paperless documentation within the transport system.
  • COFRET; CO2 calculation methodology for co-modality, is developing a methodology harmonizing CO2 calculation for co-modality.


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