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eFreight real-time scheduling system wins international innovation award

MJC² has won the prestigious international competition for IT Innovation awarded by Containerisation International for its work in the eFreight project.

The award, which was contested by leading multinational, £multi-billion organisations, including Associated British Ports, Singapore-owned APL and Dubai-based DP World, was presented to MJC² by BBC’s Gavin Esler at the international awards ceremony in London on 18 October. MJC²'s solution helps large transport companies reduce CO2 emissions and congestion on roads while saving money at the same time. This is achieved by applying MJC²'s leading edge optimisation algorithms to problems such as planning truck movements or scheduling freight operations more efficiently. Typically large transport companies can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 10% or more, and reduce their operating costs as well. The solution is based on work done by MJC² in the eFreight project, which provides a platform for fast and efficient communication of real-time freight information. The judges selected MJC² for the IT Innovation Award for their work in the field of container logistics planning. Container logistics is big business – literally millions of containers move around the World each year transporting food, consumer goods and manufacturing products. The MJC² system makes it easier for logistics companies to move containers by rail, ship and barge, thus taking traffic off the roads and reducing fuel consumption. Founded in 1990 by a team of leading Oxbridge research scientists from the fields of control engineering and mathematics, MJC² became an almost overnight commercial success. Now in its 22nd year of operation MJC² can count household names such as Pepsi, Kuehne+Nagel, TNT & B&Q amongst its clients, and exports its solutions and expertise to many countries, even as far afield as New Zealand. Julian Stephens, Technical Development Manager at MJC² said: “One of the most pressing objectives for governments and commercial organisations is the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and congestion on roads. We hope that by winning this high-profile award we will be able to encourage more companies to apply this technology to address a very important issue.” The system comes at a good time for the container logistics industry, which is feeling the pinch in the current difficult economic climate. There has been a flurry of interest from the UK, Europe and the Far East in the new solution, which has already been installed in Valencia, Spain for Chain Shipping.


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